Moms on a mission to transform rural playground in the Piedmont

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LAWSONVILLE, N.C. -- You just can't beat the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors in the northern part of Stokes County.

That's a good thing, because kids don't spend a whole lot of time playing on the only playground within 10 miles or so of the area.

"We live in an area that's a socioeconomically challenged area," said mom Staci McMillian-Smith. "This playground is the same one that I played on 25 years ago. It's old. The budget just hasn't allowed for the school to replace or fix it."

The Lawsonville Parent Teacher Organization hopes to raise enough money to help replace the playground.

"When the kids come outside, the boys play football and the girls just sit around on the grass and chit chat," said mom Penny Parrish. "Kids need a place to play. We put all these standards on academics, they need an area to just come out and be kids."

The closest park is about 10 miles away in Danbury, at Moratock Park. For the kids in the small towns all around Lawsonville, with the winding, two-lane roads, it takes a while to get there. Because it's such a rural area, there aren't any big businesses around to pitch in to help.

The PTO has applied for grants and raised about $2,500 so far for the playground fun. The estimate to repair the playground came in at about as much to replace it altogether.

There is a 5K Saturday at Piney Grove to raise money for the Lawsonville Elementary School Playground. You do not have to register beforehand. If you'd like more information, click here.