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Apr 14 12 4:46 PM

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HICKORY RECORD 2012 - APRIL 13 - PLAYGROUND IN MEMORY OF ZAHRA BEING BUILT
                                                         DEDICATION WILL BE MID-MAY 2012

"Two of the volunteer groups working Friday were directly involved in the Zahra Baker case.

A group of employees from the district attorney’s office was on hand as was a group from

the local office of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 

“We’re out here to support the Hickory Police Department and our law enforcement partners

to honor the memory of Zahra Baker by helping to build a playground that all children can

use no matter what their abilities,” said Special Agent in Charge Paula Carson. “It’s just nice

to see that something good has come from something that had a tragic end.”

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"The Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground is not the only way the Kiwanis Clubs inCatawbaCountyare honoring a child that has come to mean so much to the residents
of the region. A scholarship will be established in her name, as well. Area Kiwanis Clubs
used to loan money to students so they could attend college. Several years ago that was
done away with and the Hickory Kiwanis Foundation was established, said Steve Aaron,
a member of the Western Catawba Kiwanis club and the steering committee chair for the playground. About $700,000 is in the fund for college scholarships, given to students on
a needs-basis. None of the scholarships are awarded strictly to students who are disabled,
however. “We said with the playground, if there was any money left over, we’d set up a
scholarship for handicapped students inCatawbaCounty,” Aaron said. “We thought it
would be the logical thing to do.”