A teen's playground dream is not childs play. During the week of April 6, 2009, a 15-year-old adoptee completes a trial run with a project conceived to give back to the Siberian orphanage that cared for him during his first year of life. Over the past two years, Alex Griffith has raised the 000 needed to purchase, ship and assemble a playground (www.krasplayground.org) for the orphanage that took care of him until he was adopted at 11 months by a couple from Maryland. On Monday, April 13, the playground will be shipped to Siberia after a week of assembling, disassembling and then packing the myriad parts. Alex, his father, and four other anticipate a smooth assembly when they arrive in Siberia this July to erect and present their gift to the children of the orphanage. Parents Inspirational Siberian Journal Alex was adopted by Dwight and Jenny Griffith of Forest Hill, Maryland, from this hospital for abandoned children when Alex was just 11 months old. Diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy and later ADHD, Alex has not let these challenges prohibit him thinking big. The journal that his parents had kept 14 years ago inspired Alex to take on this project. In the journal, the couple detailed their efforts to adopt the frail baby boy, suffering from malnutrition, a hernia and a mild case of cerebral palsy. They had traveled to the city of nearly one million that sits along the Trans-Siberian railroad, documenting their difficult journey with facts and impressions of the land ...
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