November 16, 2011

Playgrounds in Poland

"I am an advocate for play because of the social, emotional and physical development benefits it provides for children. No other activity can accomplish these developmental elements at one time like play. A trip to a Polish orphanage changed my life. I saw first-hand what happens to kids who do not have the same opportunities for play as their counterparts in America. As a result of this first trip, I’ve built two playgrounds in Poland and two Polish children from the orphanage are now my son and daughter.

After my first trip to the orphanage I knew I had to act, and I learned more about KaBOOM! I attended their annual playground-building training and received a grant that allowed me to complete my tool kit which would eventually travel with me to Poland and help construct those playgrounds. Thanks to the resources and knowledge from KaBOOM!, endless translations, SKYPE, extensive fundraising and hours upon hours of hard work we were able to complete one playground at a rural Polish orphanage (Dom Dziecka) and another at an elementary school in the city of Poznan."

– Mark White, Lees Summit, MO

Mark took our online tools and resources and put them to work building 2 great new places to play for kids who really needed it.

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