Middle school students from Glenelg Country School in Howard County and the Barclay School in Baltimore came together Friday to build a playground at the Rideout Heath apartment complex on Harper's Farm Road in Columbia.

The project is a result of a partnership, Maryland Youth Partners in Change, which began two years ago as a way for students from the private Howard County school and the predominantly lower-income city school to get to know each other and work together. .ast year, they approached the Columbia Housing Corp., a nonprofit organization that manages low- and moderate-income housing in Columbia, about building a playground at one of the corporation's apartment complexes.

The equipment, including a half-dome for climbing and metal animals mounted on springs for the children to ride, was paid for by the housing corporation, and Potts Construction Co. will install it. The River Hill Garden Center gave the students a discount on plants to be used around the playground.

Above, the Barclay School's Cearina Webb hammers a rod held by Glenelg Country School's Catherine Baumgarden. They are accompanied by Baumgarden's classmates Stacy Hand, left, and Jackie Li. At left, Ciara Lloyd, left, of the Barclay School gives Glenelg's Erica Murphy a high-five after a project is finished.