With a $15,000 grant to redesign their current tiny play space, Knightdale UMC Preschool will take the old-fashion barn-raising concept to build a playground in one day on March 28.
The preschool applied for the Let’s Play Community Construction Grant, a community parternship started in 2011 and led by Dr. Pepper Snapple. The initiative has contributed to the raising of more than 2,000 playgrounds nationwide.
Let’s Play grants and projects will impact more than 1 million children between 2014 and 2016.
Heather Leser, director of the preschool, said that part of the reason they likely won the grant was because how much Knightdale United Methodist Church is rooted in aiding the community’s needs, supporting organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a Hispanic ministry and ABC grow and share community garden.
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“We already serve the community in so many ways,” Leser said. “We would rather focus our money on say, the food pantry, rather than the playground.”
With the grant, the half-day preschool can do just that. The space will be accessible for the quickly-growing Knightdale community as well as serving the 40 children at the preschool.
“It helps bring the community together,” Leser said. “It will provide this part of Knightdale surrounding the church a place where children can walk to the playground...without crossing any major roads.”
The playground makeover will begin at 7 a.m. on March 28, and the staff are looking for volunteers to help with setting mulch and putting equipment together.
“It’s important to show that our kids come first. If we put that time into them, then we will see our community grow even stronger,” Leser said.
To sponsor or help volunteer with the playground building day, visit: http://www.knightdaleumc.org/preschool.playground