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Framingham Public Schools Partners with KaBOOM! to Build a New Playground for McCarthy Elementary School

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Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager
73 Mount Wayte Avenue, Suite #5

Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
rsantos@framingham.k12.ma.us
774-388-7121


Framingham Public Schools Partners with KaBOOM! to Build a New Playground for McCarthy Elementary School

 

July 15, 2019 (Framingham, MA) - Framingham Public Schools are thrilled to announce that McCarthy Elementary School has received a grant to build a new playground. KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids. Their grant program, ‘Build It With KaBOOM!’ pairs one of their dedicated funding partners with a community partner (McCarthy Elementary School), who then come together to plan and build a brand-new playground. KaBOOM!’s community-built playgrounds generate a tangible, achievable win for communities, that will transform our space into a great place for kids and families to play.

 

Framingham Public Schools are grateful to Sierra, an off-price retailer that delivers great value on outdoor and active brands, for funding this project and for providing 200 volunteers for build day which is scheduled for August 1, 2019. This community-build event is a great opportunity to build and strengthen relationships within the McCarthy School and neighborhood.

 

There are several opportunities for the community to volunteer time. Support is requested on either of the two prep days (July 30th and 31st) and on build day (August 1st). Anyone looking to help support this project can learn more and register here. There are also opportunities to support the activities with donations. Please visit the McCarthy Elementary School website to learn more about this.

 

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.

 

“We are excited to be receiving this grant with the support of KaBOOM! and Sierra and are grateful for the opportunity to both work on a community project and to provide our students and the neighborhood with a new, fun, safe playground for all to play,” said Cynthia Page, Principal of McCarthy Elementary School. “McCarthy's new campus configuration will include additional parking for parents and staff and a separate parent pick-up and drop-off location. Our school community is looking forward to coming together with the community at large to create this amazing new play space!”

 

On June 6, 2019, KaBOOM! Organized a “Design Day”, which was a four hour planning session. In addition to a one-hour site walkthrough with representatives from KABOOM!, Framingham Public Schools, and UltiPlay; as well as a two-hour parent/adult design session, there was a dedicated session to get ideas and inspiration from students. (See photos below)

 

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engage over 1.5 million volunteers and serve nearly 10 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboomfacebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids


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KaBoom Design Day - McCarthy Elementary School
KaBoom Design Day - McCarthy Elementary School

On June 6, 2019, KaBOOM! Organized a “Design Day”, which was a four hour planning session. In addition to a one-hour site walkthrough with representatives from KABOOM!, Framingham Public Schools, and UltiPlay; as well as a two-hour parent/adult design session, there was a dedicated session to get ideas and inspiration from students.

Rochelle Santos
rsantos@framingham.k12.ma.us
774-388-7121