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Building a great place to play in Russia

Posted by KaBOOM! on December 20, 2011

"Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. Most guys spend a few months, maybe even 6 months, working on a cap stone service project in their community. That’s great, but I wanted to do something more. I was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. My parents, Dwight & Jennifer, adopted me when I was just a year old. Thinking about my Eagle Scout project I read some of the journals my parents kept when they were in the process of adopting me and I was struck by the description of the playground at the hospital I was born in – it was just a small rusted swing with a rotten seat and a sand pit filled with mud. That just wasn’t right – and I was going to fix it.

It took two and half years of planning and over 700 hours of work, but on August 12th, my 16th birthday, I helped build a brand new playground at that hospital. There were so many challenges along the way, language and distance among, them that I was so glad to have found the KaBOOM! online playground project planner. The easy step-by-step process led me through what I would need to do to build this playground, and since I’d never done anything like that before they quickly became my go-to resource."

– Alex Griffith, Forest Hill, MD

Alex overcame all the hurdles associated with building a new playground across an ocean and in a different language, and succeeded in building an amazing new playground for hundreds of kids.

Play it forward with a donation today to support playground builders like Alex, and all the ones to come.

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