East End Elementary Playground
1216 South Main Street, Meadville, PA, 16335
Our playground services 310 children in a low economic area with a 75% poverty level in our school. Our playground would provide a safe place for children to play during and after school.
Build Day Success!
June 26, 2012 / by mcourson
We had the most wonderful two days to build our playground! We excavated and dug holes on Friday, June 22nd with the help of Hafast Construction and the expertise of Jeffrey's of Playworld! They were amazing. We were so far ahead of schedule that we secured 3 posts by the end of the day!
On Saturday, June 23rd, we had at least 60 volunteers made up of parents, teachers, staff of East End and community workers to help us build. The day went well. The city of Meadville provided a Fire Truck and Firefighters for the day. Area businesses such as Pizza Villa and Subway provided the food at a discounted price! The Meadville Tribune came and wrote a story for our Sunday paper about our playground and Froggy (a local radio station) came and broadcast from the playground for a few hours. We were able to thank all the area businesses who donated time and services to our project! We are grateful to each and every one of them. We also had a youth table where the children created thank-you notes to our volunteers and signed picture frames to send to our 2 biggest donors!
The build captains had wonderful teams that worked well together and had the playground ready for cement by 11:30. Thanks to Larry Gosnell of Gosnell Concrete and Finishing, we received a discount on the cement also! The cement arrived and was done by 12:45!
The job of spreading mulch was expedited by several skid steers and 2 strong mulch teams. We were on track and ready for the ribbon cutting at 3:00. Our children lined up and each child cut a piece of the ribbon!
It was an amazing two days, in the words of my 16 year old son, "we turned a yard into a playground in 2 days. Now the children of East End @Second District have a wonderful place to play thanks to the PTO and all the people who donated to the playground"
We have a little work to do to complete the beautification of the playground, spreading of the remaining mulch and seed, and place the basketball hoop, but all in all it is ready for little ones to begin playing!
THANK-YOU KaBoom for making this day possible. Without your guidance and grant we would not have a playground today!
A playground can be built in a day, but it takes months of planning and hard work. To get there, we've broken this complex process into eight key steps, or Mile Markers, as you can see in this road map.
Of course, planning such a large project takes teamwork. Within each Mile Marker, the Project Leader and eight planning teams, outlined below, complete key tasks, ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
If everyone on the planning committee follows the roadmap and keeps on top of their tasks, they will make building a playground look easy on the big day!