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Banks-Caddell parents and staff are selling bricks to raise money for a new playground for the school. Thus far, kindergarten teacher Katie Hames has sold the most, with about $2,200 in sales.
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Banks-Caddell parents and staff are selling bricks to raise money for a new playground for the school. Thus far, kindergarten teacher Katie Hames has sold the most, with about $2,200 in sales.

Banks-Caddell PTA selling bricks for playground

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

John Caddell was a long-time client of accountant Richard Talley, so Talley didn't hesitate when Harry Hames asked him for a donation to the Banks-Caddell Elementary School playground project.

The Banks-Caddell PTA is selling bricks to raise money for its playground. The group is selling the standard-sized bricks for $100 each and a double-sized brick for $200.

The contributor can put his or her name on the brick, honor someone special or put a business name on it. A business logo costs an additional $50.

Talley bought a brick with his firm's name, Talley, Muldin and Peete PC, on it. He said Caddell became a client in 1964.

The Decatur school board named the new school, which opened in August, after Caddell and long-time educator Athelyne C. Banks after their deaths in January 2006.

"He was always so kind and gracious to deal with, and we had a lot in common because we're Alabama fans," Talley said.

Talley said the brick is also a good way to show that his business supports education.

Brick campaign Chairman Hames, whose daughter Katie is a Banks-Caddell teacher, said the goal is 200 bricks, which would raise a minimum of $20,000.

This is an estimated $30,000 project. Superintendent Sam Houston said the school system could contribute up to $15,000.

Hames said the PTA wants to develop a grass area at Second Avenue and Prospect Drive Southeast into a playground featuring a multi-purpose play system, a swing set, picnic area and a walking area.

GameTime, a playground equipment company with a plant in Fort Payne, is helping Banks-Caddell design its playground.

Hames said the PTA will use the bricks for a walkway to the playground and picnic area.

Anyone interested in participating can call the school at 552-3040.

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