By KAROLYN GEPHART
A new playground challenge course and Peace Garden had a ribbon cutting recently on the Bales Intermediate campus in Friendswood ISD.
The new playground and garden were part of a partnering project with Kids for Peace organization and FISD.
The organization’s Kind Coins campaign was launched to help children in communities who lost their play spaces to heal by building new ones; that’s why they are collecting coins.
“After the Kids for Peace reps met the Bales school family, they went back to California and decided that we would be the recipient of one of their play spaces, to help our school family and community at large begin to heal from Harvey’s hard hit. They chose us; isn’t that incredible?” Counselor Barbara Gruener said. “We are beyond grateful for their generosity and kindness; to partner with us to bring a new play space to Bales and FISD is huge.”
Gruener has worked on kindness projects with Kids for Peace and when she received a call from them asking what they could do after Hurricane Harvey hit Friendswood and the county so hard, Gruener suggested the Undy 500. Representatives from Kids for Peace brought 5000 pairs of underwear and socks and with Bales’ student Jax Van Reenen, gave them to a middle school in Dickinson ISD.
Van Reenen showed them a video of Friendswood and the devastation caused by the hurricane.
Kids for Peace decided to give Bales a special playground to help.
The playground was mentioned on Good Morning America Jan. 24 when the Kids for Peace staff were featured.
The ribbon cutting was viewed by the entire student body as well as faculty and staff and FISD officials.
Kids for Peace is a global 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that provides a platform for young people to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship and global friendships.
Kids for Peace has launched over 300 interconnected chapters around the world. Through Kids for Peace projects and programs, youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds are empowered to become part of positive solutions leading to a healthy and harmonious planet.
For more information on Kids for Peace, go to Facebook or www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org.