The Rotary club of Maple Grove working together with Students Connecting through International Service ( SCTIS) and Kids Around the World, were recently to fulfill a dream two years in the making by building two playgrounds in the small town of Sasabe Mexico, just across the border from Arizona. Judy Johnson, Susan Pryce, and Mary Helen Bosquez were there representing the Rotary Club of Maple Grove. The organization, Kids around the World, refurbishes playgrounds and installs them in third world countries. They were able to get a playground from one of our Maple Grove sites for this project. The second playground was from Sahuarita, Arizona.
The installation week consisted of unloading a semi truck of playground equipment on Sunday at the US border into 10 pickup trucks for transport .6 mile to the school. Monday was the day to auger and dig holes, 50 in total. Tuesday saw the completion of the hole-digging and the swings set in place. Wednesday the second playground was set up and the cement was mixed and poured.
Friday morning was the dedication of the playground. This was Flag Day in Mexico, and there was a special program at the school to honor the national flag. Then came the inauguration ceremony for the playground. The Mayor Chito Lopez gave a brief speech of gratitude. Principal Pedro then told the children that this was the realization of a dream that had begun more than a few years ago. He said that with the end of the ceremony, this playground would be theirs. He asked them what was the most important word to remember, and they all shouted "Cuidado!" (careful). He urged them to be careful as they played, but also to care for the playground, so that it would last for many more years. We gave the go-ahead, they rushed onto the field with many happy exclamations. It is hard to convey the sheer delight in their faces as they explored their new playground.
"Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." A blessing felt. The team added “A heartfelt thank you to all of the great souls who have contributed in so many ways to this labor of love.”
Mar. 5, 2017
Revitalization of a Playground
On August 31, 2016, several Maple Grove Rotarians along with members of an organization called Kids Around the World, and personnel from the City of Maple Grove Park and Recreation, met at Wood Crest playground in Maple Grove to uninstall an old playground to make room for a new playground.
This useful playground will be sent to the KATW warehouse in Illinois where it will be refurbished with new paint and hardware. It will be making its way to a small school in Sasabe, Mexico as part of an initiative with Students Connecting Through International Service and the Rotary Club of Maple Grove to be installed in February of 2017.
Students Connecting Through International Service was created by Tammie Epley. Six 5th graders from District 279 become junior ambassadors from Minnesota to Sasabe, Mexico. Our fifth graders fundraise all year to buy school supplies for the Sasabe students so they can go to school. In this pueblo town, if a child does not have school supplies not even a pencil, they cannot attend school.
Our students along with Rotary members will be traveling to Sasabe, Mexico in April with the school supplies. The funding for the playground was made possible by SCTIS, generous Rotarians and other organizations. We are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of these children and the community.
To learn more about this playground project and implementation in other countries go to : www.KidsAroundTheWorld.com
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