Local Students Aim to Help Needy Children in Mexico
Agroup of 16 local boys, sophomores at Scripps Ranch High School and Cathedral Catholic High School, have joined forces to create The Playground Project in collaboration with local nonprofit Build A Miracle, which will provide a state-of-the-art playground for hundreds of children in the impoverished neighborhood of El Florida in Tijuana, Mexico. The students – including Cole Ashburn, Nick Burns, Connor Colletto, Stefan Cotton, Ethan Dunchack, Liam Doheny, Parker Langenberg, Grady Pond, Grant Glasgow, John Merkin, Jake Nastrini, Johnny Tadeusiak, Colman Smith, Dru Gupta, Jacob Pettit, and Eric Virissimo – are in the early fundraising stages of the project, with an ultimate goal of $55,000 for the materials and professional labor. Grassroots fundraising efforts so far include garage sales, restaurant fundraisers, hosting a dodgeball tournament, doing presentations for their classmates, donations from family and friends, and more. The boys will also make several trips to Mexico to prepare the lot, interact with local kids, and perform much of the manual labor.
Build A Miracle is a Scripps Ranch-based nonprofit organization that has built over 320 houses, three community centers, and an accredited adult education school for needy families in Mexico since 1999. To learn more about how to get involved in The Playground Project or other Build A Miracle initiatives go to www.buildamiracle.net.