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New Playground: Volunteers Wanted

Why We Need a New Playground

Phase one of the Fuller Middle School Construction began in the beginning of July and this required a relocation of the parent pick-up / drop-off for both Fuller and McCarthy Schools. This change is actually long overdue for the McCarthy community. In an effort to improve the existing parent pick-up / drop-off practices and remove parent traffic in a construction entryway, McCarthy's parent pick-up / drop-off area will be moved to a new drive-through lane along the side of the building that faces Flagg Drive and Normandy Road, around the Flagg Drive Playground area. Because of this, the front-facing playground was removed and the new playground will be rebuilt in the back of the school. The old playground was ready for an update so this shift came at a great time.

Fuller's drop-off / pick-up lanes will be moved closer to the Fuller Building. Prior to this they are re-routing the water drainage from the Fuller Building and they will reconfigure and pave the grass sections near the current entrances to the Fuller Building.

Please visit for updates to the Fuller Building Project.

Volunteer for Prep Days, Build Day, or Both

We are going to be hosting 200 volunteers from Sierra, a TJX Company, for Build Day (August 1, 2019). We need your help to fill at least 100 more spots. Please see below for information and Register HERE or at the link below.

Help Framingham Public Schools build a playground at McCarthy Elementary School in partnership with KaBOOM! and Sierra!

Project Information

Who: A total of approximately 200 volunteers from Sierra, Framingham Public Schools and KaBOOM!.

Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability.

**Please note - All youth under the legal working age for this state will be welcome to participate in youth activities but will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.**

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Where: McCarthy Elementary School - 8 Flagg Dr Framingham, MA 01702

What's Provided: Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.

*******All volunteers will receive a T-shirt to wear during the project. 

What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don't mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.

Build Site Rules: All participants must comply with the following practices. These rules have been established and agreed upon to ensure the safety, comfort and respect for all involved. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the project.

• Work together, treat everyone with respect and use family-friendly, inclusive language

• Report any unsafe or inappropriate behavior to on-site staff

• Please comply with all requests from on-site staff

• Follow all safety guidelines

• Only pre-approved power tools are permitted

• Closed-toe shoes are required

• Youth may not participate in areas of active construction

• No smoking, alcohol or drugs

• The use or carry of firearms is prohibited *with the exception of certified, active officers

Build Week Schedule

Prep Day 1: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

15 volunteers are needed.

• 8:00 AM - Volunteers arrive and register

• 5:00 PM - All prep work completed (approximate time)


Prep Day 2: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

15 volunteers should be on "stand-by" in case they are needed.

• 8:00 AM - Volunteers arrive and register

• TBD - All prep work completed


Build Day: Thursday, August 1, 2019

75 volunteers are needed.

• 6:30 AM - Team Leaders arrive

• 8:00 AM - Volunteers arrive and register

• 8:30 AM - Kick-off ceremony

• 2:30 PM - Ribbon-cutting ceremony


Donate Material to Enhance the Volunteer Experience
Food and water are provided on Build Day, but we are looking for donations for the following items. These items will help enhance the volunteer experience during Prep Week. Thank you in advance to our generous community for all of your support!
We are looking for the following items:
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils 
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Individual serving snacks (chips, cookies, pretzels, etc)
  • Individual serving beverages (juice boxes, Gatorade, etc)
  • Cases of water 
  • Gift cards for grocery stores (stop and shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Walmart, Target, BJs)
McCarthy Elementary School Donation Drop Off Dates: