A new play structure at Mary Fogarty Elementary School, built by approximately 40 volunteers from Blue Cross-Blue Shield in October, was officially dedicated to Mayor Angel Taveras in a ceremony held on Wednesday, December 17. Mayor Taveras is a graduate of the school and joked about how he scraped his knees playing on that very lot. He pledged an additional $7,500 to expand the current small playspace with funds from his book, How to Succeed in School.
The playground was built with a $5,000 donation from Blue Cross-Blue Shield as part of their Blue across Rhode Island signature volunteer event and was coordinated through Family Service of RI’s Providence Children’s Initiative, which also oversees the Walking School Bus program at Fogarty.
“This community effort to rally around the children of Mary Fogarty School and its surrounding neighborhood is a fine example of how our greater community can support our schools and children,” said Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi. “We thank Blue Cross-Blue Shield RI, Family Service of RI and the Providence Children’s Initiative for their leadership and partnership on providing this wonderful resource for the health and recreation of our children.”
“In recognition for BCBSRI’s 75th anniversary, we decided to focus this year’s Blue across Rhode Island on our state’s future; our children,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and chief executive officer of BCBSRI. “I know I speak for all the company’s associates when I say we are honored to partner with these organizations that do so much for so many in our community. It gives us all great joy to be able to work with them.”