May 22, 2018
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New playground pieces installed in Milo

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

MILO, Maine — The family of the late Clayton Johndro, co-founder of JSI of Milo, has pledged a minimum of $20,000 to the Milo Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization for its playground project.

Those funds recently were used to purchase playground equipment for the second phase of the project and members of the community installed those pieces on Saturday.

“This playground has been a miracle in the works,” Karen Graham, Milo Elementary PTO president, said Wednesday. “We’ve been very fortunate.”

Because of the large donation by the Johndro family, Graham said the playground will be named the Clayton Johndro Memorial Playground. A dedication will be held in December, she said.

After Johndro’s death in August, vendors and customers told family members they wanted to do something in his memory, so the family offered to raise the funds for the second phase of the playground, Graham said.

The cost of that equipment totaled $17,700, and an additional $5,000 will be used to construct a storage building, to add picnic tables and benches, and for the purchase of sports equipment, Graham said.

The PTO had hoped to have completed the second phase of the project next summer, but the Johndro family’s gift expedited the effort.

The first phase of the playground was finished last summer at a cost of $20,000, which included seeding of the adjacent playing field and the installation of the first set of playground equipment. The first phase was helped by a $10,000 contribution from the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation.

As well as the minimum $20,000 donation, JSI employees are helping the PTO by selling steppingstones, which will be installed in the park area of the playground. Those purchasing a stone for the project may have names engraved on them.

The playground is the only one in the community, according to Graham. About 250 children from the school use the facility and the public is welcome to use it and the park when school is not in session, she said.

“This is a huge undertaking for a small community in hard economic times,” Graham said. “After the tragedy of the five businesses burning downtown, it’s very refreshing to see the community come together on the playground.”


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