Akron police search for vandals who damaged playground and band instruments

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AKRON-Vandals severely damaged a playground and courtyard that was supposed to be a fun place for preschool children.

It happened over the weekend at Essex Elementary School in Akron.

A group of college and high school students volunteered to paint a colorful mural on the playground and rehab an old courtyard area.

Project organizer Erica Kraus said all that remained to be done to finish the project was some landscaping and they were going to finish the work Monday.

But over the weekend, vandals destroyed the plants by throwing them on the roof and ripped up or damaged the new benches.

A trailer that housed instruments for the Firestone High School Band was also vandalized and graffiti was sprayed everywhere.

Kraus said she and her friends are determined to get the courtyard ready in time for school, which starts next week.

They are asking members of the community to come to Essex Elementary this Sunday to either donate new plants or their time to help them finish the project for the children.

Meantime, Akron police are going through surveillance video to try to identify the culprits

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