Members of the HWS community will take part in the construction of the Geneva Community Lakefront Playground as part of Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 20. They will team up with volunteers throughout Geneva for Build Day, among them the Geneva High School Interact group who eagerly signed up to help create a safe place to play for younger children.
The Colleges host three Days of Service in the Geneva area each year, the first of which is at Orientation and introduces incoming students to many local organizations and service opportunities. The Day of Service event in the fall provides valuable time and labor to local groups in need of fall cleanup and or preparations for winter.
This year, in addition to the playground project, community members will be painting at the Geneva Middle School and Geneva High School, carving pumpkins for Ontario Pathways’ Great Pumpkin Walk, and performing yard cleanup and maintenance at Happiness House, Lochland School, Inc., Smith Opera House, St. Peters Episcopal Church, Temple Beth El and Trinity Church.
On Saturday, participants not working on the playground will meet on the Quad at noon for the event’s kickoff, including an address by Provost and Dean of Faculty Titi Ufomata, and lunch. Those at the lakefront location will be served lunch at the playground site; lunch is being donated by Wegmans.
The Geneva Community Lakefront Playground is part of a collaborative project between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the City of Geneva through the KaBOOM! organization. KaBOOM! founder and CEO Darell Hammond was on campus to deliver the Convocation address to begin the 2011-2012 academic year. Recently, Geneva was one of only two cities in all of New York State to be named a “2012 Playful City USA” community by KaBOOM! and received a $20,000 grant via Let’s Play.
Due to overwhelming support, the project has exceeded its initial fall goal of $100,000. The Geneva Community Lakefront Playground Committee has set a new goal of reaching a total of $120,000 by the spring. In an effort to do so, CCESL will be working with the HWS and Geneva communities on two additional fundraising events. On Sunday, Nov. 4, there will be a “Relay for Play” event held at the Bristol Field House. Coordinated by the Office of Residential Education, the relay is open to the public.