|Posted by Anne Siren on March 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM|
By Michael d’Oliveira
Pompano Beach – Drew Mogavero has spent many a hot, sunny afternoon on his school’s playground trying his best to enjoy the super-heated slide and monkey bars; all the while worrying about getting a sunburn or worse – skin cancer. “The sun’s rays are so hot. Kids can get cancer and really bad sunburns,” he said.
But enough is enough.
Mogavero, a third grader at McNab Elementary School, has started raising money to build a shade structure for the third, fourth and fifth grade playground. And he’s already made some progress. “One of my friends washed a car for $5 and gave me the money,” he said.
Mogavero alerted The Pelican wise to his effort through a letter and he was willing to invest some of the money he’s made to bring in more donations and get the word out.
“Dear Pelican newspaper, My name is Andrew Scott Mogavero. At my school it does not have a shade cover. I will pay $10 to get a note on the front cover of your paper. This is what I want the note to say. Attention everyone!! Please give me a $1.00 so that I can raise money for a shade cover at my school playground . . . Thank you!!” he wrote in the letter.
To raise the rest of the money, which could be $20,000 or more, Mogavero will hold car washes and other fundraisers. He will also place five-gallon jugs around the school so teachers, administrators, parents and fellow students can contribute to the cause.
His goal is to have the money raised before he goes into sixth grade, but his efforts won’t end until the job is finished. “If I do graduate before I finish I’ll keep going until we raise enough money.”
His inspiration to raise the funds comes from a book he read in class, “Treasures” that included a story about a girl who raised money to save her local zoo.
“He was the first person to bring it up,” said Jacqui Mogavero, Drew’s mother. “He said ‘Mom, I was in class today and we were reading a story about a girl in another state. They were going to close the zoo and she raised money and I started thinking I want to be like that girl. I want to raise money.’”
And, she adds, it’s all Drew’s been able to talk about since.
“He’s really excited about it. He hears us talking about stuff like that all the time. He’s always involved in my work for walks or other events,” said Mogavero, the chief operations officer at Broward Children’s Center.
To help Drew further his vision for sun-free playground and to make a donation, call McNab Elementary School at 754-322-7050. Make all checks payable to McNab Elementary School.