Doing the Right Thing: Playground built in memory of Jack Natzke

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - A memorial to a green bay boy who died unexpectedly is beginning to take shape.

His legacy is giving kids a new place to play.

"It is just a community that likes to help others, and wants to be involved" says Dan Natzke. He is one of the dozens of volunteers digging in to build a playground in just one day.

"The school has been in existence for about 14 or 15 years and never had a playground here" Mike Charles says as he manages the project for  Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School.

The community stepped in to raise more than $40,000 for the project. "There is a close knit family here at the school and church and we have all bonded together to make this happen" Charles says with pride.

They came together to honor Dan's Grandson Jack. "He was a very special little boy. Blonde, fun loving, loved life. He loved being on the farm, wanted to farm just like Grandpa" Natzke says. 

Five year old Jack went to school at Green Bay Trinity Lutheran. Two years ago he died from an unknown illness that caused rapid brain degeneration.

"The local community just really rallied around and prayed and wished us well" Natzke says.

Now, they are helping keep his memory alive through Jack's Playground. "I hugged my son earlier and said this is happening because of Jacks death. Bittersweet, but Jack would have had a blast".

Building a way for Jack's story to be told for generations to come. "It is just great that a little bit of Jack will live on" Natzke says.

The group is not finished fundraising just yet. They have their sights on building a playground just for the little kids at the school.

Phase one will be dedicated this Saturday, September 16 at Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School, along with the second annual Jack Natzke Kid's Run.

For details on the dedication click here: https://www.facebook.com/helpusbuildgb/

To register for the run click here: https://www.facebook.com/JacksRun/

To make a donation follow this link: https://www.greenbaytrinity.org/help-us-build/


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