Rebuild the Playground at St Croix Montessori!

For: St Croix Montessori
Christiansted, St Croix, Virgin Islands, U.s.
Organizer: St Croix Montessori
$25,325
of $30,000 goal
84% Complete
Raised by 46 donors

The Story

The Need

We need your help to rebuild our destroyed playground! Hurricane Maria devastated St Croix and many of our neighboring islands. Our schoolhouse sustained damage, however, our outdoor spaces, including our playground, were completely ravaged by the storm. Our wonderful parents banded together, cleared tree limbs and debris from our grounds, and St. Croix Montessori was able to re-open just two weeks after the storm. In the aftermath of the storm, St. Croix Montessori is providing an incredibly important point of stability and reprieve for our children. A safe, beautiful environment to play and grow is critically important as our island community continues the process of disaster recovery.


How Your Support Helps

In the words of Maria Montessori, "Play is the work of the child," and after the destruction of our beautiful trees, we want our children to have a space in which to thrive. Our school is dedicated to expanding access to high quality primary and elementary education in the Virgin Islands. Over half of our students receive need-based waivers, and 100% of giving is directed into our programs. St Croix Montessori has been selected as Play By Design's 2018 Charitable Project! Play By Design designs unique, community-built playgrounds, and so we are very excited to work with them to design and build a natural playscape that will last for many years to come!


Your support will directly provide:

  • Slides, Play houses, and other child-inspired play features 
  • Shipping of these environment-friendly equipment to our island home 
  • The nuts and bolts – literally! – to put it all together! 


The Urgency

Our community will be coming together in March to build our new playground. It’s a positive, healing experience for us to build something new and beautiful!

Small, non-profits like us depend on giving and grants to keep our programs thriving. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation, we are not able to hold our annual signature event – The Taste of India Benefit Dinner. We are redirecting our energy to reaching out to our wider community – you!

In honor of everyone’s help and this tradition, St. Croix Montessori will provide an Indian lunch to all of the volunteers and families on the day we complete the build and open it up for children!

We hope you will join us in providing a safe and enriching environment for our children, and helping us in our educational mission!


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 7, 2018

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Posted on February 7, 2018

Lee Archin from Play By Design visited our school this past Monday to assess our school and the progress we have made with organizing our Healthy Spaces Project. He loved all the toys we have made out of what we received from the hurricanes, but we need more volunteers. Tools, volunteers and lumber donations would be gratefully accepted. Please reach out to us with any donation you can provide. 


Posted on January 23, 2018

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Posted on January 23, 2018

We have been making what we can out of what the hurricanes brought us. Plenty of wire spools/reels from all the power lines that are being put up. This is our 3in1. Its a bridge, its a boat, its a store! The kids adore anything that they can play with. 


Posted on January 18, 2018

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Posted on January 18, 2018

Our design phase has finished! The staff at Play By Design carefully looked through the drawings our students created, and designed a space that lets our students be creative with their play. Most importantly, this is a space where our students can heal from all the trauma they experienced during the hurricanes, which is still continuing in a lot of homes. 

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