Brosnan, Wife Help School Kids in Hawaii

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The Associated Press
Thursday, May 31, 2007; 11:35 PM

HONOLULU -- Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely, have donated $100,000 to help replace an unsafe playground at an elementary school on Kauai, where they own a home.

The money was donated to Hawaii 3R's (Repair, Remodel and Restore Hawaii's public schools), a nonprofit organization that kicked in $47,800 for the project at Hanalei Elementary School.

"We were disheartened that the playground equipment was condemned for so long, and we wanted to find a way to help," the former James Bond actor said Wednesday in a news release. "We believe that play activities enhance children's educational experiences, and these children were missing out."

Keely Brosnan was on the playground planning committee.

"We initially planned to donate the money to the state, but we ran into some tape," she said. "We were fortunate to hear about Hawaii 3R's."

The new playground is to be dedicated Monday.

The group said it has awarded 317 grants totaling $9.3 million to public schools for repair and maintenance projects since 2001.

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