“We put our heart and soul into this project and are thrilled to give back to the school,” said MCS alumna Maisie Tenorio. “We decided to celebrate our 20th reunion by giving back to our alma mater. Our family was created in the hallways of Mt. Carmel. What a better way to say ‘thanks!’ than to improve the learning environment for current students.”
The class raised the $12,000 needed for the project by selling hot lunch plates, hosting Comedy Knight, and Educational Tax Credit donations.
Fellow AlumKnights Lucile Kaufer and Polly Deleon Guerrero Masga said they grew up with monkey bars during their childhood and wanted “the current students to have the same experience.”
Several members of the class presented the new playground to the school’s entire faculty and student body during an assembly on Monday.
School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero said it has always been the vision of a school to have a place on campus devoted to a full playground and other athletic facilities.
“The research shows that a healthy body equals a healthy mind. With this playground, you can have fun while staying healthy,” he told the students at the assembly.
Mount Carmel School chaplain Fr. Rey Rosal attended the presentation and blessed the new facility.
One grade school student ran to the new monkey bars immediately after the blessing. “I am so happy that we have this now. I can play and have fun with my friends, “ she said.
In addition to the personal donations from the Class of 1994, the project received donations from other organizations as well. DKK, Inc., KSK Corp., Jin Ho Corp., Treasure Island Game Club, Han Nam Investment, MarPac, handbags etc., J & MJ Ent., Shell Marianas, Hertz, and I Love Saipan all contributed funds to make the construction of the new playground possible.