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

The following is a press release from the Framingham Public Schools submitted to SOURCE media.

Editor’s Note: SOURCE published a report on the need for volunteers for the playground build in June. Click here to read.


FRAMINGHAM –  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.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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