Volunteers to build revolutionary playground at DPS’ Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy

Parents and community members from Paul Robeson and Malcolm X academies, which will be joined into one school building this fall, are invited to come together Saturday, July 24, to build a revolutionary new playground at the site of Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy, 2701 Fenkell St.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers from the Detroit area will join the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organizers from KaBOOM! on Saturday to build new, safe playgrounds at four deserving locations, including Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy. The new playground designs are based on drawings created by children who participated in Design Day events in May.

“This is an excellent opportunity for families from the two joining schools to come together and build a brand new playground that will benefit the students from both school communities to be housed in one building this fall,” said Dr. Jeanette Collins, principal of Paul Robeson Academy. “It’s also tremendously exciting that the playground equipment was designed by students and incorporates new concepts of how children play to stimulate their minds and bodies.”

New playgrounds will be built at four locations in desperate need of playground equipment: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Jude Missionary Baptist Church, Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy and New Starlight Baptist Church. These new playgrounds will eventually serve more than 30,000 children in the Detroit area.

The new play areas will also include an Imagination Playground in a Box – a breakthrough playspace concept designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. Complete with custom designed blue foam blocks and other loose parts, and elements that encourage sand and water play, Imagination Playground in a Box allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and design their own course of play.

WHEN: Saturday, July 24
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick off ceremony and volunteer deployment
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase and adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony & unveiling of Imagination Playground in a Box
(Note: all times apply to each playground build site and are approximate)

WHERE:

ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services)
2651 Saulino Court
Dearborn, MI 48120

Jude Missionary Baptist Church
9105 Van Dyke
Detroit, MI 48213

Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy
2701 Fenkell St.
Detroit, MI 48238

New Starlight Baptist Church
3714 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

About KaBOOM!
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the organization is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,800 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

About Imagination Playground LLC
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept conceived and designed by acclaimed architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. Rockwell and his firm, Rockwell Group, have partnered with KaBOOM!, the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to bringing play to kids everywhere. The mission of this partnership is to inspire children’s inherent ability to dream and create by bringing Imagination Playground to communities across the country. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. Giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates overflow with creative potential for children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. For more information, please visit www.imaginationplayground.org or call 1.866.986.5551.

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