Volunteers build new playground in just one day


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Saturday’s spring-like weather provided the perfect conditions for a big project in Providence’s Elmhurst neighborhood.

The Saint Pius School community came together and transformed a plot of land into a beautiful play space.

Many of the young students we spoke with at the event said the former playground was old and kept falling apart.

Now, thanks to some successful fundraising and grant money those students will soon have a brand new place to play.

“To the nature of a playground it brings kids together, it brings families together, parents together, it’s a safe place for kids to just be kids,” says Sister Maria Francesca, Principal of the St. Pius School.

Even before it was finished, the playground was already bringing people together. Teachers, students, parents, and parishioners all joined forces Saturday, to build the playground themselves.

As if that doesn’t sound hard enough, they set a goal of completing it in a single day.

“We were fortunate enough to get a challenge grant from an organization in Washington called KaBoom and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group,” says volunteer Robert McMahon. “They provided us with $15,000 and then we raised $29,000.”

Saint Pius has students from Pre-K through the 8th grade. The new playground will have space for the older students too.

“The school realizes that to be a successful student it’s not just what you do in the classroom but it’s what you learn in the playground as well, working together, collaboration,” one student said.

The playground will be unveiled to students during the first week of May.

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