A state-of-the-art playground is coming to the Academy of Warren and the school is looking for community volunteers to bring the project to life.
The new playscape was designed by the students at the Academy of Warren and includes a 25,000 square foot fieldhouse, an outdoor athletic field and outdoor tennis/basketball court – all on five acres.
The discovery park at the entrance of the school will also include a student garden.
The school is undergoing a $9.7 million revitalization that includes 100,000 square feet of indoor renovations as well.
According to school officials, 95% of the student body lives in Detroit and are from low-income and high-risk areas. It is a Title 1 school and doesn’t currently have a playground or gym – things that are essential to the physical development and cognitive well-being of children.
Work on the project is expected to begin in May 19 and last through June 11.
To that end, project leaders are currently seeking neighborhood, staff and family volunteers and sponsors to help bring the project to life.
“The community playground will provide a place for children to explore, be active, have fun and interact with their peers,” said Oronde Kearney, Chief Academic Officer of the Academy. “It also gives them a safe learning environment to develop physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. We are looking forward to seeing our students expand their horizons through exploration and play.”
The interior renovations include work to 36 classrooms, smartboards, updated furniture, modern teaching equipment and new windows. There will also be a new library with seminar rooms, a family lounge and business center, tutoring offices, a computer lab and an audio-visual studio.
“This project is very special because we are giving the Academy of Warren students, and the community, a new terrain in which they can release energy and expand their minds,” said Richard Murray, president and founder of Equity Schools. “And, we are bringing a supportive community together in order to get it done.”
If you are looking to help volunteer, visit the Academy of Warren website. COVID-19 precautions will be in place.
There is also a GoFundMe for fundraising.
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