Help Us Build a Playground in a Day! June 7, 2013

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100 Volunteers Needed for June 7 Build Day at ECMS-Gardena

Thanks to a generous grant from KaBOOM!, Inc. and The CarMax Foundation, Environmental Charter Middle School (ECMS) is getting a new playground – and we need your help (plus your friends, family, co-workers, etc.) to make it happen!

While KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation are providing the organizational, planning and material resources, our job is to work with them along with community residents to design, plan and build the project. To meet this obligation, we need 100 volunteers for Build Day.

Friday June 7, 2013, 8am – 3pm
Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena
812 W. 165th Place
Gardena, CA 90247

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

The project officially kicked off April 18 with Design Day when representatives from KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation visited ECMS-Gardena and talked with students about what they wanted in a playground. Parents, teachers and members of the community also had an opportunity to offer their ideas. The final playground design will integrate these suggestions.

Since preparation is key to making our project successful, Build Week will begin with two Prep Days, Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6. That’s when 20-30 adult volunteers will help sort and label the equipment, cut wood and dig holes for the playground.

It all comes together Friday, June 7, when 100+ adult volunteers converge on the ECMS-G campus for Build Day. Working together with KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation, we’ll build a playground – all in one day.

“While it’s our priority, Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) has never been satisfied with just providing excellent educational opportunities in underserved communities,” notes ECS Founder and Executive Director Alison Suffet-Diaz. “We’re also all about being a good neighbor and engaged community partner. This new playground will provide an ideal environment for our students to get out and play. Since it will be available for the community to enjoy during non-school hours, it will also be a great asset to the neighborhood.”

The CarMax Foundation
Established in 2003, the CarMax Foundation’s mission is to promote education, youth leadership and wellness in the communities where its associates live. Over the past several years, the Foundation has accomplished this goal by providing volunteers, matching gifts and grants to worthy nonprofit organizations.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Its mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, KaBOOM! envisions a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.