Sunday, September 26, 2010

Let Them Be Kids....

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my grandson. A few weeks ago my grandson asked me if I would help with the building of a playground at his school. Of course I agreed. He loves for me to take him to these things as I allow him more freedom.

I had to take a vacation day from work so waited til Friday before requesting it as it was forcasting rain. The event was going forward if there was only showers. I got up at 7am to be ready to be there for 8am and it was raining here...not a good start but phoned grandson and he said no rain here Grammie!

Off we went, boy was I surprised, lots were there already working away. It was daunting when we were told what was going to happen for the day! Not only was the new jungle gym to be finished(the men had worked on it for a few days as there was welding involved and kids could not be there) but old jungle gyM was repainted -

2 green spaces redone...one was just a jungle...lol...lots of hard work there:



existing swings, baskeball hoops, soccer nets were all painted:




There was lots of tree trimming going on too...the front of the grounds was all thinned out and hauled away, the back of the lot was thinned out and some trails were made wider for skiing in the winter...I did not make it that far to get pictures.

At 11am they ran out of name tags for the volunteers....300 were ordered!!! It was amazing to see students, parents, teachers, principles and lots from the community to come together to make this happen.

It was a dream of a former teacher who was very active in the Home and School Program, LauraLee Crawford Walsh! Lauralee died of cancer a few years ago but her dream was never forgotten...the park was named in her honour and this is only Phase 1!



After some speeches, thank yous LauraLees family unveiled the sign and opened the playground to the kids...





The Home and School Committee could not believe what had been accomplished...we were there for about 6 hours! There were lots of donations of food, drinks and snacks... we all ate well and had fun along with accomplishing so much for the kids of the community!!!

LET THEM BE KIDS!!!!

7 comments:

MamaJody said...

It is wonderful when the community comes together, even better when it is for the kids!!! You all Rock!!!

ByNanasHands said...

A true testament to the power of a group of people! The park turned out absolutely beautiful. The children will benefit from this park for years to come. A fitting memorial...

CBLandCO. Jewelry And Gifts said...

What a wonderful post Mona. It is fantastic to see what a community can do when it comes together! The park is just beautiful, you all did an amazing job!

Momma J said...

That is awesome!

BeadedTail said...

What a fun playground! It's so wonderful that so many people came together to build it for the kids! It's a beautiful tribute to LauraLee too!

Littlebearsmom said...

What a great community you live in! And what a special grandma you are to be so supportive of your grandson :)

New England Quilter said...

Wow - your grandson's playground looks wonderful! What a great event to take part in!
Amy

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