What has been the impact of your solution to date?
As the playscape has just been dismantled and transported to Pennsylvania for refurbishing, it is still in transit. But within the school, the project has created a feeling of pride and fostered curiosity about Haiti and its children. In a local newspaper article detailing the project, St. Rose of Lima Principal Mary Maloney reports that many of the children initially asked “Where’s Haiti?”, giving teachers a chance to educated students about the challenged country and its citizens. Additionally, the local community has reacted very positively to the school’s donation, which has been chronicled in the Newtown Bee and on the Newtown Patch.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Because the playscape is large and was in relatively good condition, we expect that it will provide many years of happiness to the children at the Grace International compound. And because we are embracing the donation as a school community, and dedicating the new playscape and learning area to our Haitian recipients, we anticipate that our students will carry the awareness and pride for many years, and will realize that there are many opportunities to give back, show empathy and find creative solutions that will benefit the planet and the world.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
We don’t anticipate any barriers to the success of the first phase of our project – specifically, getting the playscape to Haiti. Kids Around the World is a tested and trusted partner that has removed and reinstalled more than 200 playgrounds since the organization was founded in 1995. The second phase of the project is to raise enough funds to purchase, install and dedicate the replacement playscape and build a learning area with an outdoor classroom. Our inability to raise enough funds for the expenditure is our biggest barrier, and so we are seeking grants and alternative funding to achieve our goal.
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Used playscape refurbished, transported and reassembled in Carrefour, Haiti by June 2012;Replacement playscape scoped & funded.
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Bond formed with Haitian community that extends the scope and magnitude of our school's aid and support.
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Our school’s mission is to provide children in preschool through eighth grade a foundation for academic excellence in a faith-based community. We seek to foster student’s personal spiritual growth, responsibility, and Christ’s message of service to others – and we try to model those values in everything we undertake.
St. Rose Playground Committee chair Jim Walsh, along with other parent and faculty volunteers, were facing the task of removing the large metal and plastic playscape parts, assuming they were bound for the local dump. But they had a nagging feeling that there must be a better way. Researching manufacturers for the new playscape, Mr. Walsh first heard about Kids Around the World. That was the “aha!” moment where he saw an opportunity to achieve a greater good and inspire empathy in our students.