Wildfire Sparks H.O.P.E.
After a Texas wildfire devastated Magnolia’s playground, several 4th, 5th and 6th graders joined a retired teacher in a quest to restore play to the community.
The students named their initiative H.O.P.E., which stands for Helping Others Play Every Day. Donations for the new playground poured in. The group received a Let’s Play grant to help refresh their playground, and local and corporate sponsors donated money and food to help the community rebuild the playground. Even the County Constable made and donated delicious barbeque sandwiches for the build!
Finally, on May 19th, it was time for build day! 80 volunteers gathered to “Build H.O.P.E.” Together, they installed a new play structure and planted trees to create a “Children’s Forest.”
One community member, upon seeing the playground charred by a wildfire being restored to a place of beauty said, “Look what kids can do when they take ownership of something bigger than themselves!”
Now the kids in Magnolia have more than H.O.P.E.—they have a brand new playground, too!