Thursday, November 12, 2015

Chester Barrow's gets a Playground

Chester W. Barrows is a small elementary school on Beachmont Street in Cranston, Rhode Island.  There are grades Kindergarten through fifth grade, meaning children range from ages five and eleven.  This school can be classified as a title one school which as we know from FNED is also known as: “According to the National Center for Education Statistics, to be an eligible Title I school, at least 40% of a school's students must be from low-income families who qualify under the United States Census's definition of low-income, according to the U.S. Department of Education.  The reason I tell you about Chester Barrows is about two years ago my mother, Katrina Pillay became principal of this little school and since then the entire school has changed. On Friday October 9th, Chester Barrows was able to cut the ribbon and celebrate a brand new playground.  They were one of the only schools in the state that did not have one and my mom along with a group of others worked their ass off to achieve this goal.  So I know we talk a lot about youth holding the power and “it’s critical for young people to be at the center of change in every community”.  But what I realized was my mom is helping to create her own youth in action, or at least a place where youth can come and feel safe.  Although YIA is very different than an elementary school while I watched her cut the ribbon for the playground, my mom is attempting to build a better future and community for youth.  It is so inspiring to see how much the school has changed since she has been principal. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Noelle! Love the pictures, too ;)