BERWYN – After Berwyn resident Amber Dawn saw a kindergartner get seriously injured after falling on the blacktop near Piper Elementary School’s playground in spring 2017, she knew she never wanted to witness anything like that again.
But Dawn knew another child could have an accident on the school’s playground, which had old, rusty equipment that potentially was dangerous, so she set out to do something to help the students, including her daughter who attends the school.
“That event shook me. I couldn’t sleep that night,” Dawn said about seeing the child’s accident. “I kept asking myself, ‘What can I do to make that playground safer?’ I went to the school board and the principal, and we brainstormed on fundraising ideas to get a new playground.”
And thanks to Dawn’s efforts and help from other parents and school staff members, the children now have a brand-new playground, which was organized by KaBoom!, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that works with corporate sponsors to fund playgrounds for communities in need around the country. Piper’s playground was installed Sept. 21 by about 200 volunteers, and it will be ready for use in early October.