Both Kings Highway and Saugatuck Elementary Schools lost their playgrounds last weekend.
It’s all good.
In preparation for new playgrounds — designed for social interaction and cooperative play, with interactive climbing blocks, slides, spinning elements, quiet areas and more — the schools partnered with Kids Around the World. The organization helps children and families affected by war, poverty, illness and natural disasters.
The old playgrounds will be donated to third world countries, where such things are luxuries.
On Saturday, kids and parents worked together to dismantle the playgrounds. The next days, pros did the heavy lifting.
At Kings Highway, Robbie Guimond — father of 2 students — brought plenty of equipment, and paid a crew himself, to do the excavation work.
Robbie’s other daughter is at Earthplace. He’s helping with the excavation of a new playground there too.
It takes a village — and a guy with excavating equipment — to get rid of a playground.
Soon, the village will enjoy brand new playgrounds.