More than 150 volunteers came together on Friday at Richfield Public School Academy in Flint to build a playground in less than 24 hours.
“So this playground isn’t just anything that you’ll see in a catalog. It’s 100 percent unique, designed by the kids of this community for the kids of this community,” said Jacob Stachler, senior project manager with Kaboom.
The project was made possible by Kaboom, Good Sports and Let's Play - a Keruig Dr Pepper-led initiative.
Kaboom is a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children by encouraging them to come up with their own designs.
They then take those ideas and bring them to life, along with the help of other non-profits like Good Sports – which gives kids the tools to play in their new space.
“So we want these kids to be able to play whatever they want all the time. So we have so many new basketballs, footballs, soccer goals, soccer balls and just all sorts of different cones and scrimmage vests that are easy for kids to pick up and play,” said Max Jensen, program assistant with Good Sports.
With work already nearing completion, the students will be able to get on this program real soon.
“We need three days for the concrete to set in. So when they come back to school on Monday they’ll be ready to play,” Stockler said.
So will the staff, like Superintendent Pamela Haldy. Haldy said she is looking forward to providing her students with an active and fun environment that they deserve.
“You know, having this built is like a dream come true for us. Our students love to play and for them to come at the start of a new school year and see something this magnificent is just going to be fabulous,” Haldy said.
Students at Richfield Public School Academy will get to experience the playground on Aug. 13, when classes start up again.
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