“Some people burned our playground.”
Those are the almost unfathomable words uttered by a first grader at Sumner Elementary School in Roslindale, a primarily residential neighborhood in Boston. Just as the weather turns to perfect for recess and weekend visits to go down the slide, their playground is now, literally, a pile of ashes. And it wasn’t an accident. It was arson. While law enforcement works to find the perpetrators, the community is coming together to rebuild as quickly as they can.
Superintendent Tommy Chang and Mayor Marty Walsh expressed that they are “committed to replacing the playground equipment as soon as possible so that children can enjoy playing on it again.”
Here’s the text from the Crowdrise page.
We, the Staff, Parent Council, and Friends of the Sumner School, are asking for your help to not only rebuild, but also take this opportunity to improve our school grounds so our children have safe and accessible spaces to play and learn. We are raising funds to not only to replace the physical structure that was ruined, but also to supplement these efforts and help provide for the immediate needs of our students.
Funds raised from your generous donations will help us to:
Improve the playground facilities and accessibility at the site of the destroyed structure and with play-space expansion plans already underway.
So, let’s help get them there and pitch in at their Crowdrise fund by clicking here. A little bit can and will go a long way.
Photo by SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF