Our first annual fundraiser, A NICE Night took place on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at On Point Bistro. Thanks in part to our platinum sponsor, OCF Realty, and our nice neighbors, we raised $9,413 for Project Recess!
On Friday March 31st, the teachers at G.W. Childs School got a big surprise. They didn't know quite why they were being lured to the fourth floor of the school building, but couldn't believe their eyes when they walked through the door of a newly revitalized teachers lounge. A room which had once held old desks and furniture was transformed by OCF Realty over the last month. The space was cleaned and painted, a kitchen and full sized fridge were added, as well as new tables and chairs and a comfy couch. No one deserves a nice place to rest more than teachers, and NICE so thankful for OCF's generosity on this project. Also a huge thanks to GJDesign & Architecture PC for drawing up the plans for the space. OCF Realty has been big supporters of NICE since we launched in 2012, providing donations for the library revitalization, supporting our event fundraisers, donating coffee for teacher breakfasts, and more! We look forward to continuing this partnership to bring more support and resources to the G.W. Childs School community!
On September 28th, GW Childs and NICE hosted a Prospective Parent and Community Member Back to School Tour, thanks for coming!
Here are some photos of the tour (click on the picture so see the gallery):
Thanks for coming!
G W CHILDS SCHOOLYARD MASTER PLAN UPDATE:
Below are boards which will be posted in G W Childs' School this week in an effort to gather input/feedback from students, teachers, parents, facility managers, Principal Coutts, alumni, and community members.
Please leave comments and feedback below. We want to have everyone's input as soon as possible so that we can move forward with design documents.
NEXT CHANCE FOR SCHOOL COMMUNITY INPUT
Monday, November 21st to Wednesday, November 23rd
Another version of these master plans will be shared Monday, November 21st to Wednesday, November 23rd, in your school as well.
FINAL MASTER PLANS WILL BE AVAILABLE...
Final master plans will be available early this spring after a final review by your school Principal, The Big Sandbox, and University professors, Bambi Yost (ISU) and Lois Brink (UCD). These master plans are "living" documents and are intended to be used as a basis for fundraising and construction.
Input for these master plans is on-going. Initial community design charrettes and conversations began this past spring/summer, 2016, and are continuing throughout the fall of 2016 and into the spring of 2017 and beyond.
These master plans are being created by Iowa State University landscape architecture students and Assistant Professor Bambi Yost in collaboration with The Big Sandbox and the University of Colorado Denver Landscape Architecture Professor, Lois Brink. We are also collaborating with the New Hampshire Stormwater Center, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the School District of Philadelphia.
This fall master plans are underway at 4 South Philadelphia Schools: G W Childs, Stephen Girard, Eliza B Kirkbride, and General George A McCall. We are working with a variety of community organizations and would love to pull resources and to share funding ideas and grant information. Please stay tuned for more information.
FINAL MASTER PLANS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Final master plans (complete documents with illustrative drawings, community input, stormwater plans, cost estimates, grading plans, etc) will be share on The Big Sandbox's website at https://www.thebigsandbox.org/initiatives/
See Mt Airy Schoolyard Master Plans for a sample of our Iowa State University master plans from last fall.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Bambi Yost, MLA, MURP, PhD in Design & Planning (ABD)
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
158 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011
George W. Childs (k-8) Philadelphia Public Elementary School has teamed up with Iowa State University and Philadelphia organizations - Neighbors Invested in Childs Elementary (NICE), The Big Sandbox, and other school community collaborators - to reimagine and transform its schoolyard into a vibrant learning landscape for students and the surrounding community.
PLEASE HELP US GATHER YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR SCHOOLYARD!
Students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to complete a survey that will help determine what elements should be incorporated into the new schoolyard. To complete the survey, just select the top 5 features, or add your own ideas, you’d like to see in your schoolyard in the visual PhotoSurvey below.
We are working on developing a vision, master plan, phasing plan, implementation plan, & cost estimates for each schoolyard. We need your help! Your input is very valuable in the design process to ensure your new schoolyard is exactly what your school community needs.
We can't wait to meet you and to work with you!
We will be in Philadelphia working with your school and community:
The week of November 5th (DATE and TIME TBD)
The week of November 19th (DATE and TIME TBD)
Hello all we are getting ready for the new school year here at NICE and we'd love to hear from you!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help!