Written by Al Benson
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00
More than 200 volunteers from Hall Elementary School in Aurora--including teachers, students and caregivers--joined forces last week to build a new playground at the school in just one day. Hall partnered with project organizer KaBOOM! to replace playground equipment that was outdated and in disrepair. (Al Benson photo)
200-plus volunteers give schoolkids a new playground
A new playground in a day.
The dream became a reality last Friday.
More than 200 volunteers from Hall Elementary School in Aurora--including teachers, students and caregivers--SAP Americas software, and Hewlitt Packard Chicagoland locations joined forces Oct. 11 to build a new playground designed by the school’s students.
Hall’s playground was outdated and in disrepair. In addition, its equipment was not appropriate for very young children.
An opportunity to replace the playground came about when Hall partnered with project organizer KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing play to kids who need it most.
KaBOM! matched Hall with two international IT corporations, SAP and HP, which contributed financial and planning support to the playground project, as well as dozens of volunteers on construction day.
The Hall PTA planned to take good care of the volunteers who built the new playground in just a day. The West Aurora School District 129 staff provided additional support and resources.
The new Hall playground will provide more than 630 children in the community with a safe place to play.
Its design is based on drawings created by Hall students who participated in a Design Day event in August.
Each student was shown several styles and types of playground equipment and then asked to draw a playground that would most meet the needs of Hall students.
On hand to assist the students were Heidi Pryor and Joyce Carlson, who work at Downers Grove-based SAP and Tara Torkelson of HP.
Hall School’s playground build was the first for HP and Torkelson. This will be the third playground that Pryor and Carlson have helped build and the 20th for SAP.
“This new playground will offer our children a safe and accessible place to play, use their imagination and just be kids,” Principal Annette Belue said.
“In addition, the design our students chose is appropriate for children from preschool to at least fifth grade.”
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its community-build model to bring together community interests and business to construct more than 2,300 new places to play across North America.
The playground will be one of more than 150 builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country this year.
The organization’s vision is to see a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. That goal is becoming a reality in Aurora.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:26