Fairytale Brownies Gives Gift of Play to School for Homeless
CONTACT: EILEEN SPITALNY
Phoenix, Ariz. - Immediate Release - The giant purple carpet covering the grounds at Children First Academy of Tempe on April 29 wasn't your average Berber. This carpet was made from 200 purple t-shirt-clad volunteers who spent the day building a playground for the homeless and transitional students who attend the Tempe charter school.
"In order to build this playground, we have been reaching out and collaborating with our community, vendors, friends, neighbors and strangers," Co-founder Eileen Spitalny said. "It takes a village to raise the $73,000 needed. With the help of many, we made it happen for these kids."
The volunteers began building around 8:30 a.m. Together, they moved 175 cubic yards of mulch; mixed and poured 9.5tons of concrete; built seven picnic tables, six benches and two shade structures; built and painted cubbies and a white board for an outdoor classroom; painted the school logo and new basketball court lines, hopscotch, four square, wall ball targets and racing track lines; and built a 3,100-square-foot playground designed by the 200 children who attend Children First Academy of Tempe. By 2:30 p.m., the playground was complete!
"I have to say that this experience did something for all of us who helped build that day and all of the planning that came before build day," Spitalny said, "Relationships were built, and life-changing moments were experienced."