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Park Properties Builds Skateboards for Foster Children

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A central Virginia company is building skateboards for foster kids in Charlottesville. A central Virginia company is building skateboards for foster kids in Charlottesville.
Employees of Park Properties build the boards ahead of the opening of Charlottesville's new skate park. Employees of Park Properties build the boards ahead of the opening of Charlottesville's new skate park.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A central Virginia company took the day off from the office on Tuesday to build skateboards for foster kids in the area.

Park Properties says that with the new skate park opening soon in Charlottesville, it would be great to provide foster kids with boards to enjoy there. The company, which manages apartment communities throughout Virginia, had employees from all over the state come together for a team building day.

While team building is important, Park Properties said it is also important that they give back to the community. The company hopes this project will show their employees that they are a part of something bigger than their titles.

“They are a part of a company that does care to give back and for them to be able to do that hands-on, I think that’s important and it will come full circle in that sense that doing good feels good,” said regional marketing manager of Park Properties Ashley Kantruss.

The skateboard building project is part of the nonprofit Together We Rise, which will collect the boards and donate them to foster kids. Together We Rise provided the supplies and tools to make the skateboards.

“We do this every year, but it just feels good to come out and really put something together to help foster kids,” said Ian Schmit of Park Properties. “I think there’s a lot of comradery and brotherly love in the skateboarding community.”

Park Properties said they are happy to give the children something that will get them outside, off the TV screens, and on the new skate park that will be opening soon.

“Charlottesville has this great skate park that they’ve been working on for quite some time and should be opening up soon, so it seemed appropriate to be able to provide this to local foster kids to they can also take advantage of the nice skate park in town,” Kantruss said.

The skateboards will be delivered later this week.