|Project by AllanK||posted 06-11-2011 at 10:03 AM||1067 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
In May 2006, 5-year old Maya was run over and killed on a Chicago street by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. He barreled into Maya, her Mom, and her brother, and dragged Maya a hundred feet before stopping. She later died in the hospital. The family set up a 5013c non-profit in her memory – click here for details. Maya attended the Gan Gani kindergarten in Chicago, which is part of the Moadon Kol Hadash run by Etty Dolgin. We have all been very good friends for over 20 years.
Earlier this year, Etty approached me with a request to build a memorial bench for the kindergarten on which the teachers could sit, with the kids, and read stories. I found plans for the Easy Glider and thought that this would be cool – a glider is more fun than a fixed bench. I stretched the plans by one foot to meet Etty’s spec of approx 5’ width.
As an added touch, I used decal paper to apply the two logos. The bench is indoors, and will be hammered by kids, so cedar was out of the question, and I preferred not to paint it. I used white ash for durability, and finished it in clear polyurethane, rather than the painted version in the plans. A labor of love.
To cap it all off, I delivered the bench on the 5-year anniversary of Maya’s death. The wrapping on the base is to hold it together during transport.
-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."