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Rutter's Helps Build Natural Playscape

YORK, Pa. -- Convenience store operator Rutter's Farm Stores pledged a lead gift of $50,000 to help the York Jewish Community Center (JCC) celebrate its 100th anniversary by building a "natural playscape" playground.

"We have a lot of respect for the JCC's commitment to our community," Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter's Farm Stores, said in a statement. "We're proud to honor the organization's century of service by supporting a project that we hope will bring joy to many children for the next 100 years."

A natural playscape playground is designed to appeal to all five senses, incorporates loose parts or unstructured props for play and exploration, and complements children's innate interest in the natural environment, according to the company.

"We are very excited about this project and how it will foster healthy learning for the hundreds of children we serve daily," Randy Freedman, JCC's executive director, said in a statement. "We are grateful for Rutter's support in recognition of JCC's 100 years of service."

Rutter's has been a long-time supporter of the JCC, which hired an internationally known expert to design the playground and work with the organization to coordinate a community build. JCC plans to raise $150,000 toward its goal of building the playground between fall 2010 and spring 2011, according to the company.

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