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Youngsters check out the new playgrounds being constructed at the Weinberg Early Learning Center at The Temple. PHOTO / The Temple

Youngsters check out the new playgrounds being constructed at the Weinberg Early Learning Center at The Temple. PHOTO / The Temple

Construction recently began for new playgrounds at the Weinberg Early Learning Center (WELC), The Temple’s Jewish preschool and host of Camp Minimac, a Jewish summer dar camp. The newly-named Sonia’s Playground was made possible by many generous congregants including current and future WELC families, grandparents and alumni as well as community supporters.

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“My husband and I were very proud to be a part of this project,” Samantha Schoenbaum, a Temple member and fundraising co-chair, said. “It was wonderful getting to meet some of the original founders of the WELC as well as working with the clergy and staff.”

Sonia’s Playground is named after the mother of Jay Schwartz, a fifth-generation Temple member, grandfather of current WELC students and benefactor of the Temple and WELC.

The facility includes all-new innovative equipment for gross motor development including climbers, swings, slides, sandboxes, playhouses, basketball, trike paths, and rubber and turf surfaces. The project also includes a state-of-the-art splash pad. Completion of the playground is expected in the summer of 2013.

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