Sons of the American Legion Fund Playground

Donation tops off the till for inclusive playground equipment at DVES

By Sally Marks

The Sons of the American Legion Post #27 came to the rescue of Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway in Apache Junction, by donating the $4,267.18 needed to complete the inclusive playground equipment on the west side of the campus.

Playground equipment was recently installed following  an intensive two-year fundraising campaign that included efforts from students, parents, members of the community  and local businesses, but one important piece from the original plan was missing: an Ant Farm Tunnel.

Mary Morelos, a life skills teacher, and Pat Smith, principal of DVES, attended the American Legion meeting and made a presentation to the members about the playground project. Following their presentation, the Sons of the American Legion voted to approve the full amount to fund the Ant Farm Tunnel. The equipment will be installed in six to eight weeks.

“We are thrilled to be able to complete this project and provide adaptive playground equipment so more of our students can enjoy the playground,” said Mrs. Smith. “The Sons of the American Legion show they live the promise of their organization of being devoted to mutual helpfulness. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.”

The America Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion Apache Post 27 is located at 1018 S. Meridian Road in Apache Junction. For more information visit

Photo above: Front L-R: Chuck Woodcock, Scott Gulli, Pat Smith, Mary Morelos, James Matlock. Back L-R: Adam Hodge, Jeff Broom, Jason McPherson, Tyler Golenbiewsk

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  1. I am new to this area.I will be living in Apache Junction for yrs. I like to join a group of Vets.I will be70 on the 28. But I don’t worry about it.What does cost to join???

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