Kids Around the World donates US$25K playground to Flanker Primary
BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org
The over 400 students at the Flanker Primary and Junior High in St James are now benefitting from a playground, thanks to the Atlanta, USA-based group Kids Around the World and other stakeholders.
Speaking at a dedication ceremony for the facility, valued at US$25,000, principal of the Flanker Primary and Junior High, Rupert Shaw, lauded the stakeholders for creating the playground as he stressed the importance of such a facility.
"We are indeed grateful for the Kids Around the World organisation for sending our friends from Atlanta to our school to give us a well-deserved playground," Shaw told the gathering.
"We here at Flanker are very conscious of the fact that the business of playing allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, while developing their dexterity and their physical, cognitive and emotional strength. All of this is developed through the business of playing," the principal emphasised.
"It is through playing that children at very early ages engage and interact in the world around them. Through the business of playing you learn how to interact, you learn how to get along."
Shaw noted that Rachael Whittingham, a teacher at the inner-city school, was instrumental in getting the facility at the institution.
Carl Robanske, executivedirector of the Washington -based Embracing Orphans, who partnered with Kids Around the World in establishing the playground, said there was a clear need in the Flanker community for the facility.
"There was a clear need in the Flanker community for kids to have a safe place to play and because many children in this community have seen violence, so playing is a good way for them to heal. so we thought it was a good idea to partner with Flanker Primary and the other stakeholders," Robanske argued.
He said funding for the project was spearheaded by the Wesleyan School, located just outside Atlanta in the USA, adding that the students who raised the funds participated in the erection of the facility, which took them four days.