On June 15th, 2013 Kelly students, their parents, volunteers, and neighborhood folk came together and moved their bodies in support of the Kelly Green Project, Kelly students, and the achievements that have been made at the school and the progress yet to be made.
Aaron Blandon created a video that shows all the fun that was had. Check it out below.
At our June 15th event Homeboy Sandman performed his “For the Kids” track. Parents and students came and showed off their unique moves or dances they made up with their friends to the song.
Videographers filmed for a Homeboy Sandman video for the song.
You can either Download “For The Kids” to your home computer or listen below:
Samara Bailey at the Philly Tribune has written a great article on the motivations of the leading people behind the project. It’s a great behind-the-scenes look at what the core beliefs are towards making the dream of a playground at John B. Kelly School a reality.
“Why Our Kids Need Play, More Than Ever”
“We evolved to learn our human skills in the real world, and screens just can’t substitute for reality.”
Dear friends of Kelly Green,
This is a quick note to ask for two things:
- LIKE us on Facebook! (Kelly Green Project) The more who LIKE us, the farther the information spreads. It’s also the easiest way to stay in touch as we continue to move this project forward, so we need you to say LIKE to us! facebook.com/kellygreenproject.
- Consider contributing to the KellyGreen project, not just financially, but in other ways: Have some games or sports equipment you’d like to donate to the structured recess program? (Chess, checkers, Twister, Uno, Scrabble Junior,, Sorry!, etc. all welcome, along with playground equipment.)
- We’re also looking for a volunteer to be a volunteer coordinator! A few hours a week to help recruit, coordinate and process volunteers who are stepping forward to help with recess activities is a necessity to keep it all rolling. And, BTW, recess activities also include gardening, led by our volunteer Tom Grabe! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering.
The busy summer created a number of positive connections including Cindy Bass’s office, PHS, and potential funders and supporters, with a tour of the school grounds coming up this week. While we kick off our $600,000 fund-raising campaign, we are also beginning a process to work with AmeriHealth for playground development. And an impressive response from parents at Back to School Night last week has resulted in a surge of interest. Stay in touch. Lots of ways to plug in. (LIKE us!)
Thanks for your help.
The garden at Kelly School has had a bountiful summer and efforts are now underway to engage students in garden activities during the coming school year with fall crop plantings. Science teacher Naomi Carter looks forward to an after school garden club while we continue a great connection with our Penn Sate volunteer Master Gardener, Michele Koskinen.
Michele has an awesome blog about the Kelly Garden.
Anyone interested in helping out with the garden, as we improve the site (picnic tables? shed? tools?) and engage more students, let us know through email email@example.com.