By: Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate

A simple school project can turn into real change in a community– especially when you have hard-working Shipley School student Gyasi Miller on your side.

Gyasi’s fifth-grade “Think Care Act” project challenged him to identify a community need. He focused on renovations at Parkside Evans Playground. Gyasi reached out to the site’s Friends group to make the project a reality.

Together, they connected with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., who funded the project. The Parkside Evans basketball courts received $50,000 worth of renovations. Work included:

  • new plexiglass backboards
  • paint jobs for all three full courts and three half courts

The project was unveiled on October 26 after two years of meetings, tours, and construction. Parks & Rec Deputy Commissioner of Programs Orlando Rendon and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. joined community members, students, teachers, and neighbors at the event. The group recognized and congratulated Gyasi on his hard work.

We salute this young community member’s ambition and drive. It is inspiring that a school project made such impactful change in his neighborhood!

A Flickr album with pictures of the Parkside Evans ribbon cutting.