Schoolyard Project

schoolyard-project-logoHelp us rebuild our schoolyard!¡Ayúdenos en construir un patio escolar nuevo!



orange button with textSupport the work of our 7th & 8th grade students to raise money for a new schoolyard! Check out our video for more information, and donate online today (please select “Playground Project” from the Apply My Donation To drop-down menu)!

orange button with text, spanishApoya el trabajo de nuestros estudiantes de los 7o y 8o grados a recaudar fondos por un patio escolar nuevo! Mira nuestro video para más información, y haga una donación en línea hoy (por favor selecciona “Playground Project” del menú desplegable “Apply My Donation To”)!

The designs that our 8th graders created with a team of architects include new rubber surfaces to replace our woodchips, new play structures to replace our broken slides and climbing areas, better use of our space, an outdoor classroom (thanks to a grant from Boston Water & Sewer), and a soccer field with artificial turf for our students and community:

We need your help! Right now the 8th grade students and a team of parents are writing letters, talking to friends, meeting with elected officials, communicating with local businesses, making phone calls and planning to build a playground this summer. Let us know if you can be part of our team! Send us an email and download our flyer to learn more about the project and ways to help.

¡Necesitamos su ayuda! Ahora los estudiantes y un equipo de padres estan escribiendo cartas, charlando con amigos, reuniendo con oficiales del gobierno, haciendo llamadas por teléfono y haciendo planes para construir el parque este verano. ¡Déjanos saber si puede ser parte del equipo! Mándanos un correo electrónico y baja nuestro folleto a aprender más sobre el proyecto y las maneras de ayudar.

You can help our 8th grade students transform this space into one full of joy and promise for our entire Hernández and Egleston Square community!

In December, several Hernandez parents tabled at the Egleston Tree Lighting ceremomy. The Boston Bulletin covered us in their article about the evening:

Representatives from the Rafael Hernandez School in Roxbury had a table set up with information concerning the Hernandez school’s park. They engaged the crowd and provided flyers which outlined the details of their project.
“We want to get the community support to re-build the playground at the Hernandez School,” said Maria Jose Dominguez-Gray, parent of a child who attends the Hernandez School.
The current schoolyard was built more than 15 years ago and is in desperate need of replacement.  In 2015, they received a grant from The Boston Water and Sewer Commission to resurface the park. They are trying to raise $600,000 by the end of the summer of 2017. 
“It’s a playground that started as an investment for the whole community. It’s for the school kids during the day but for the community after school hours,” said Dominguez-Gray.
Dominguez-Gray continued to say that there were many new housing developments in Egleston. With an abundance of developments in the area, more parks should be available. She explained that the playground at the Hernandez school is the only park in Egleston. 
“This park is the only park located in this neighborhood; otherwise you’d have to go to Franklin,” she said.

Read the full article.