SAKRETE Participates in Charlotte Playground Build

Words: Dan Kamys SAKRETE Participates in Charlotte Playground Build


In a matter of hours, an empty field became a new playground for Charlotte, N.C.-area school kids. SAKRETE volunteered for and sponsored the event, with the recent completion of the playground at Winding Springs Elementary School.

In January, SAKRETE presented the Carolina Panthers with a $3,100 check for the SAKRETE Sack Program, which benefits the Charlotte-area Business Volunteer Council (BVC), a coalition of local businesses which promote volunteerism. The BVC, in turn, uses these donations for the Charlotte Playground Build Program.

On April 13, 2011, the playground was built in less than seven hours. SAKRETE and more than 40 other sponsoring businesses and 200 volunteers came together to make the new playground a reality.

For the fifth year, SAKRETE made in-kind product donations, in addition to the monetary donation, to the BVC to be used toward the playground build. SAKRETE's in-kind donations consisted of volunteers to help with the construction, five pallets of Fast Setting Concrete Mix, twenty-five 60-pound bags of High Strength Concrete Mix and 23 pallets of mulch from the Lawn and Garden division of Oldcastle, the parent company of SAKRETE.

This year’s donation brings the company’s total cash contributions to nearly $90,000 since the SAKRETE Sack Program was launched in 2006.

“Being part of a playground build in our local community is one way in which we can give back,” says Johnsie Beck, president of SAKRETE North America. “This is the fifth year we’ve sponsored the SAKRETE Sack Program, and every year, we look forward to spending the day with other volunteers to build an amazing playground.”

To see SAKRETE images from the Charlotte Playground Build Program, visit

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