March 15, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Risk-taking reaps rewards

Sabal Palm Playground in FloridaIn preparation for this week’s Inspiration Monday, I reflected on my most rewarding experiences. They were almost always the ones in which I had to take risks and get outside my comfort zone. Despite some bumps along the way, the experiences ultimately had a lasting impact and prepared me well for taking on other challenges.

The residents of the Sabal Palm Apartments in Fort Myers, Fla. had to get outside their own comfort zones as they planned and prepared for a playground build last April. They were active in the planning process and reached out to local businesses to ask for help in fundraising and for materials and food for the playground build. The success of the build was a testament to their hard work and dedication.

The playground's impact was immediate. Not only were the kids from the Sabal Palm Apartments running to the playground to play, but also kids from surrounding neighborhoods. Even the adults joined in the fun and started playing hopscotch! The kids took ownership of their new playspace by patrolling the area to make sure it was clean and setting up weekly recycling pick-ups. Sabal Palm residents took a risk, but the rewards will live on in the smiling faces of their children and the enduring community bonds.

Check out our Playspace Finder to learn more about the Sabal Palm playground.

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