2014-12-09

Despite the cold and rainy weekend that coincided with the 13th Annual Playground Build on November 14th & November 15th, the weekend marked another successful collaboration between The Rotary Club of San Antonio, City Year San Antonio, and hundreds of community volunteers.  This year we took on two service sites, one at St. Peter-St. Josephs Children’s Home and the other at P.F. Stewart Elementary School.  Two service sites meant double the planning, double the work, but most importantly- double the accomplishment! 
        Special thank you to all of the external volunteers: SAISD Board of Trustees, SA2020, Starbucks, United States Army, United States Air Force, and a host of other volunteers. With your help we were able to complete the following improvements at St. Peter/St. Joseph Children’s Home:  a new state of the art play structure, a new volley ball and tetherball court, new landscaping for their dormitories, 8 new planter boxes for working gardens and decorative murals that will be displayed on the campus.
    At P.F. Stewart Elementary we installed a new basketball court, a new soccer field, new landscaping on their frontage and working gardens on the back campus.  Decorative murals, sports activity areas for 4 square and hopscotch along with a world map have been added to the grounds. 
        Due to the rain, City Year Corps members returned on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 25th to add the finishing touches at both playground sites.  When all was said and done two ribbons were cut on Monday, December 1st officially marking the grand opening of the new playgrounds.  
           This day could not have been a success without all of the support from donors and the time put in by community members! The Annual Playground Build service day is a testament of the great work that can be accomplished when people come together to give back to their community.  The children and family members at both service sites were thrilled to see the changes taking place on their campuses.  The students at both sites now have the safe, educational, and inspirational space they deserve to play in.

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