Clocking in at less than eight hours, hundreds of volunteers from three local entities gathered one day recently to build a new playground for Berwyn’s Komensky Elementary School—designed by the community’s children themselves.
Foresters Financial, Komensky Elementary School and the non-profit enterprise KaBOOM! collectively dispatched citizens to construct the play area on a recent Saturday, based on sketches made by local youngsters.
Foresters and KaBOOM! are no strangers to collaboration, having worked in tandem to enrich kids’ lives for over two decades. Their mutual long-term goal of building over 140 playgrounds in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2017 is now coming full circle.
“We believe in enriching lives and building strong communities—that’s our purpose,” said Tony Garcia, Foresters Financial president and CEO.
Daniel King, a Komensky Elementary School club leader, described how students designed their “dream playground” incorporating ideas for accessibility so that all students would benefit.
“This playground will enable all the students in our school community, including those with special needs, to feel included during play time,” stated principal Mariana Nicasio. “[Now] we are ready to build our brand new playground thanks to KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial.”
Foresters—an outgrowth of a fraternal order—is based in Toronto, while the nonprofit KaBOOM! inspires communities to promote play in addition to creating and upgrading playgrounds serving millions of children nationwide.