SHU see-saw marathon a game changer for city playground
Updated 6:07 am, Monday, December 5, 2011
They came, they see-sawed and conquered any doubts that Sacred Heart University students are willing to do their part to help raise funds for a new playground project in Bridgeport.
Hosted in the University Commons by the 10 Greek fraternities and sororities at the Fairfield school, the 24-hour See-Saw-a-thon kicked off at 6 p.m. Wednesday night and was to conclude at 6 p.m. Thursday. A series of activities, which the school's Student Events Team helped coordinate, was planned around the clock, including four full-sized wooden see-saws, a life-sized "Operation" game, basketball shootout, rollerball game and moonbounce featuring Twister board game patterns.
The event was organized to raise funds toward the $70,000 needed to build a new playground at the Six-to-Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport. As of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, more than $7,800 had been collected.
"The theme of the event is `Greek Life Goes Back to Give Back,' " said Meg Campbell, president of the Panhellenic Council, the governing body for SHU's sororities. "So we've featured classic childhood games, as well as a raffle for gift items contributed by local businesses."
Campbell, also a Phi Sigma Sigma sorority member, added, "We all have our individual philanthropies for which we raise money, but we wanted to come together to make a bigger impact in the Bridgeport community."
The playground need was obvious, according to Dan Miller, a Delta Tau Delta fraternity member and philanthropy chairman. "We went to visit the school and found that the playground was splintering and graffiti covered, and nothing worked."
Funds were primarily collected through efforts by the 585 members of the Greek Life community at SHU, who were each asked to raise at least $15. Additional funds were being raised through raffle ticket sales and a portion of proceeds from T-shirt purchases.
Contributions to the project can be made by visiting www.sacredheart.edu/seesaw.cfm or sending cash or a check made out to Sacred Heart University to SHU, Office of Student Life, Attn: Greek Life Goes Back to Give Back, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT 06825.