The Story Behind the Community Playboxes:
" About 5 minutes down the street from Downtown Winston-Salem the Boston-Thurmond Neighborhood has sat underserved and looked over. Most people are surviving day to day without access to resources that most people up the street have. Growing up in the neighborhood was not the easiest but my friends and I made it fun. All of the kids in my neighborhood shared our sport equipment and outside toys, now we’re in the position to give back. So that the children coming after do not have to worry about sharing only one ball to play with, the Community Play Box will supply them with more. With the help of donated equipment and toys we can fill the Play Box for the students at Kimberly Park Elementary. Kimberly Park Elementary School will house the Community Play Box and look after it. The Play Box will be part of the new playground that Kimberly Park will have built. Mixxer houses the donated items in the case that the Play Box needs to be refilled.There will be a check out system for all of the equipment put in place by the school to ensure proper care. The Play Box will be introduced to other schools within the Boston-Thurmond Neighborhood and public areas all to help the community."
- Yosimar Gutierrez, local artist, Kenan Institute Fellow, & Mixxer Community Outreach Coordinator