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Parkway South High School students pitch in for early childhood center

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Parkway South High School students pitched in for a new early childhood center. (Credit: KMOV) Parkway South High School students pitched in for a new early childhood center. (Credit: KMOV)
Parkway South students helped create playthings to ensure a fun environment for early childhood students. (Credit: KMOV) Parkway South students helped create playthings to ensure a fun environment for early childhood students. (Credit: KMOV)
Proceeds for those that purchase a "Parker the Panda" at Build-A-Bear will go towards scholarships for early childhood education. (Credit: KMOV) Proceeds for those that purchase a "Parker the Panda" at Build-A-Bear will go towards scholarships for early childhood education. (Credit: KMOV)
BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A group of high school students came together to make sure a group of pre-school students have more fun every day.

It's all thanks to Parkway's Spark students upgrading the decades old early childhood center.

“It was time for a makeover, it looked like Grandma’s house in here, we had pictures up of kids who are now in their 30's,” Dr. Elena Amirault, Parkway’s Early Learning Director, said.

The center partnered with area businesses to make sure new and fun playthings made their way into the center for the young children to enjoy.

The high school students with Parkway's Spark Technology Solutions and Engineering Program designed and built some of the large play items like a playhouse and a school bus.

“So the idea of the bus was to show them the shape and look of a bus so they are not afraid of it come kindergarten time,” Trey Hansel, a Parkway South senior, said. 

According to a classmate of Hansel, the children recognized the effort the high school students put in for them.
 
Senior, Clair Sharp said, “It was really fun. Parkway Early Childhood had a little party for us and we got to present out projects, and it was really fun and we felt really appreciated for the work that we did for them.”

The center is also partnering with Build-A-Bear to raise funds to help more families afford critical early childhood education.
    
So, every time anyone makes a "Parker the Panda" at a Build-A-Bear Workshop, the center earns scholarship money.

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