Portsmouth, NH- Great Bay Kids' Company, a non-profit early education center and school-age provider with programs in Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket and Portsmouth recently celebrated a ribbon cutting at their custom built play space at their Pease Tradeport early education center, with High House Management, Middleton Lumber, Sprague Energy and the executive board of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
In early 2017, Great Bay Kids’ applied and was granted a generous grant from Sprague Energy. “As a leading company on the Seacoast, we recognize the importance of giving back to the community,” said Emily Hann, marketing supervisor and manager of the corporate charitable contribution program at Sprague. “Our charitable program prioritizes organizations and projects benefiting children and the environment, and when the team saw the opportunity to help a local non-profit educational center build an outdoor play space, it seemed like a great fit. After seeing the kids outside and excited to use it even in the dead of winter, we’re pleased to see that we could help make a difference.”
Great Bay Kids’ parent and business owner, Michael Megna from High House Management stepped forward and volunteered his time; resources and creative mind to build our dream play space on the lower playground area. He not only took our idea and put it into a laid out plan, but he coordinated his own volunteers to operationalize the play space. "I want to thank Katelyn and the team at GBKC. It was fantastic working with them, and it was truly a collaborative effort all around. I think the end result is exactly what we were aiming towards. The kids now have a great addition to their outdoor play space, and I'm appreciative I was able to do my small part to make it happen. A big thank you to Katie at Middleton Lumber in Hampton for the material donation, the volunteers who came out in the rain to help put the structure together, and to Sprague for their generous donation. I hope it's something the kids and teachers are able to use and enjoy for many years to come."
“Without Michael’s involvement we would have had a much smaller, mail order play space. He was able to take our dream to a reality! He helped us create a place for our students to use creativity, imaginative play and for general exercise. Teachers are able to utilize the space in so many different ways- from a stage, to an outdoor classroom to a place where the kids can just get outside and breath! And without the generous grant from Sprague, Michael’s time and the supplies donated by Middleton we would have had to dip into our ops funding- so this entire process has been a blessing for our organization, “ said Katelyn Dennis, Executive Director.
Future plans are in the works for a similar play space at the Exeter organization site. Currently seeking a sponsorship partner. Great Bay Kids’ Company relies on the generosity of others as we fulfill our mission of providing quality early childhood care and education for our youngest children and school age enrichment programs for over 600 children and families that we serve within the Greater Seacoast area of New Hampshire.
For more information, please visit Great Bay Kids' Company website at www.greatbaykids.org.