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Nonprofit donates to playgrounds, trails

DIXON — Friends of Ronan Parks and Trails (FORPAT) stopped by the Dixon School District to drop off a check for $500 to help the school with the cost of maintaining their new playground, but the group didn’t stop there.

As soon as school started, group members Carole Lankford and Eleanor Vizcarra made plans to visit Mission and Dixon with donation checks to help with costs associated with their newly built playgrounds. Mission is working on the second phase of their playground. 

“We plan to visit the St. Ignatius school and donate to their playground,” said Vizcarra. “We also presented money to the Lake County Parks and Trails project out of Polson.” 

The nonprofit group works to raise money to support parks and trails on the reservation with a focus on giving children places to be active. 

“We wanted to support the kids and school playgrounds are part of that,” Vizcarra said.

One of the group’s main fundraising events is the Mission Valley Kids Walk, better known as the Superhero Run. 

“We plan to do the race again,” she said. “We raise money through several fundraisers to give back to parks and trails.”

The group can be found at www.ronanparks.net

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