FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 12, 2010) —
More than 500 volunteers from the White House, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and KaBOOM! National Partners will join non-profit KaBOOM! and USA Weekend to build a playground in just six hours along with the parents, staff and students of Hyde Leadership Public Charter School. Hyde is a character charter school that serves Pre-K through 12th grade students.
The majority of the funding for this playground has been provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of a national effort to engage residents in getting involved in their communities. The build will be held on Make A Difference Day, a national day of service involving more than 3 million people nationwide.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:30 AM Kick-off
Hyde Leadership Public Charter School
1800 Perry Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
Joining in the fun and service will be:
The new playground will be fully assembled and installed in six hours. Volunteers will gather for a kickoff ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on the vacant lot behind Hyde Leadership Public Charter School’s (Hyde-DC) new building and will complete the playground project in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in August at Hyde-DC when students, parents and local community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Knight Foundation to design their dream playground. The students’ drawings were then used to create the final playground design. (Photos and video from the Design Day are available upon request.)
This will be the 1,894th build KaBOOM! has led over the past 14 years, and is one of 13 to be built by KaBOOM! and Knight Foundation this year.
In addition to the community-built playground, the new play area will also include an Imagination Playground™ in a Box – a breakthrough play space concept designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. Complete with custom designed blue foam blocks and other loose parts, and elements that encourage sand and water play, Imagination Playground™ in a Box allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and design their own course of play.
For more information on build partners, please see the Make a Difference Day Partner page.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters, visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.