What will the porch look like?
Here is a sketch of the screened in porch with two screen doors. There will be four chairs and table. The window frames can be used to place to place found objects like pine cones, rocks and twigs. There will also be hummingbird feeders to go along with our other bird feeders in progress.
Where did this idea come from?
Imagery of The Porch surprised me by surfacing throughout my courses at the Corcoran College of Art and Design such as collage, lithography and painting. I realized space for solitude or communal space to imagine and feel safe is valuable. The space will welcome our students, welcome their imaginations, create a space of listening and caring.
Why do I need your help?
This is a manageable project but a big one! I need your help because this project requires durable materials. I could just make a temporary porch, but like a tree house, there are years of memories to be made and hundreds of children that will pass through. Your pledge will allow the porch to be made of sustainable wood, protective tin roof and sturdy foundation for the future footprints.
Risks and challenges
My principal is very excited for this porch to become part of the play space! The porch will be built in 6 parts to assemble. Our friend in Damascus, Maryland is supporting with space and tools to build from the above sketch! When I visited a hardware store in Tennessee, I met very kind associates who helped me plan from the sketch above in selecting materials and develop a list. A feeling came over me that this project is right for me and my school.
We will rent a vehicle to manage the wide load or prop the six parts to move.
Thank you for supporting this alternative play space for our students!
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