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December 4, 2022

United Way upgrades play areas at King City preschool

Volunteers spend day sprucing up Alegria Center

KING CITY — United Way Monterey County staff members and other volunteers recently helped spruce up the playground at Alegria Migrant and Seasonal Head Start in King City.

“Playgrounds are essential safe spaces where children can learn and grow while developing crucial cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills,” said Katy Castagna, president and CEO of United Way Monterey County. “We are especially excited to host this event at the CAPSLO King City Alegria, a partnering preschool for the Monterey County Preschool Service Corps program.”

The Monterey County Preschool Service Corps program recruits AmeriCorps members to serve in preschool classrooms throughout the county. Members provide individualized language and literacy tutoring to children to support early learning and kindergarten readiness.

United Way Monterey County staff members and other volunteers gather on Oct. 23 to spruce up the playground at Alegria Migrant and Seasonal Head Start in King City. (Contributed Photo)

On Saturday, Oct. 23, United Way partnered with 1st Capital Bank, which sponsored the spruce-up event, and AmeriCorps members serving their Day of National Service to refresh the playground and outdoor areas at the King City preschool, located at 521 N. Russ Street. 

For about six hours, the volunteers took on such projects as painting, gardening, cleaning and installing new equipment. Some of the tasks included building planter boxes and planting flowers as well as assembling a children’s bench.

A look at the preschool’s finished upgraded playground after United Way Monterey County staff members and other volunteers took on such projects as painting, gardening, cleaning and installing new equipment. (Contributed Photo)
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.
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