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| September 2013 | Fairfield University News Channel

New Playground Dedicated to Daughter of Fairfield Alumna

The Fairfield community is invited to participate in the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies this weekend at Penfield Beach in Fairfield for “The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play” playground to honor Sandy Hook Elementary’s Jessica Rekos. Jessica was one of twenty children and six educators lost on December 14th 2012 in Sandy Hook. The Rekos family has graciously agreed to lend Jessica’s spirit to the Fairfield community, as Krista, Jessica’s mom, a proud member of the teaching profession and a graduate of Fairfield University, has close ties to the community.

“The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play” was launched by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association in Sea Bright, New Jersey, in March, with a mission to build 26 playgrounds in Hurricane Sandy affected areas, while honoring the lives of the 26 angels that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Eight playgrounds have been completed throughout New Jersey and Connecticut, and the project will now be making its way to Penfield Beach in Fairfield, CT.  The Fairfield playground honoring Jessica Rekos’ life will be celebrated with a playground that will reflect her favorite colors and her love of horses and Orca whales. 

Events Scheduled:

Friday, September 13th at 8:00AM Penfield Beach Fairfield CT - Groundbreaking Ceremony
Saturday, September 14th at 6:00PM Penfield Beach Fairfield CT – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The playgrounds will be designed to reflect the personality and interests of the child or teacher for whom it is named. For more information, or to provide financial support to this project, please contact Fairfield Fire Fighters Association President Bob Smith at 203-366-7055 or e-mail MaryKate Lavin at mklavin@njfmba.org. Visit the website at www.thesandygroundproject.org.

Last modified:  Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:12:00 EDT


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