January 15, 2020 | Peter Brown
On a brisk fall day in October, the students of Charlotte Bilingual Preschool watched with anticipation as a brand-new playhouse was assembled in their play yard. The pieces were designed and cut by members of Habitat Charlotte’s warehouse crew and painted by volunteers from the AT&T Hispanic Employee Resource Group, HACEMOS. As a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, AT&T teamed up with multiple Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the U.S. to revitalize their local communities and we were fortunate to have them participate in our very first playhouse build.
As soon as the final piece was secured into place, students squealed with excitement as they filed into the playhouse. They opened the windows, brought in toys to play with and pointed out all of the beautiful things they saw painted on its walls. The play yard was full of laughter! This seemingly small addition to their school was already making a huge impact and will continue to allow the students to play, learn and grow together for many years to come.
Having a safe place to play is important to every child. And this new and unique team building experience affords children the opportunity to have a space to call their own. Corporate partners who are interested in partnering with us, but have smaller groups are encouraged to participate in building and decorating a playhouse that is then given to a Habitat Charlotte family. Funds raised through the program directly support building and repairing affordable homes throughout Charlotte neighborhoods.
Are you interested in getting a group together to build a playhouse? Learn more about the program and how you can get involved below!