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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A special group of students at Pine Tree Primary School in Longview are more excited about recess than you could ever imagine.

All of them have a disability. Until now, they've not had a playground to call their own.

"There was nothing out here to play with, absolutely nothing," said Lara Manasse.

It took $30,000 to build this special playground and help from one dedicated Pine Tree High School student.

"I learned that giving back makes an impact on everyone's lives," said Gunnar Granzin.

17-year-old Gunnar Granzin is a competitive swimmer, honor student, and a future Eagle Scout.

He has a lot on his plate.

"He takes a lot of time to do what he does," said Ralph Granzin.

But his Dad Ralph says, when he's not in the pool or the classroom, he's helping his neighbors.

"Makes me feel real proud, real proud, he's done a great job at that," said Ralph.

It was actually a neighbor who gave Gunnar the inspiration for his most recent community project.

With help from his father and friends, he built planters for the elderly residents at Buckner Westminster Place in Longview.

The planters stand high off the ground, so the elderly people who live here can sit in a chair to plant their favorite flowers.

"They thanked me extremely that they had the opportunity to get outside and actually do something," said Gunnar.

Gunnar said he never imagined the response he would receive for simply doing something he thought was necessary.

"I've made on impact on so many people's lives that I didn't expect to touch. It's just been a blessing to me," explained Gunnar.

And he's been a blessing to others, like these students, who now consider him a friend.

"We're very happy with this and what we have, and that's the main thing, our students being happy," said Manasse.

Happiness that others might have given up on. Gunnar started building the playground as an Eagle Scout project.

"He found out he wasn't going to get the credit for an Eagle project, but he went ahead and did it anyway."

An unselfish attitude that makes these kids days a little brighter, one good and unselfish deed at a time.

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