February 03, 2011

Parents build a playground in El Paso

“WE DID IT!!!” Leaders of the MJ Lundy Elementary School playground project were able to make this proclamation on January 29, after a playground that had been months in the making was built over the course of a single day.

Said Amy Bourne, the local school PTA Treasurer, at the beginning of the project, “The students of M.J. Lundy Elementary will soon be moving into a new school… However, the school is being built without a playground structure for the students in grades 2 - 5. These children are too young to not have a playground. Other than playing on the blacktop and an empty soccer field, there will be nothing to do.”

Parents at Lundy Elementary decided to take matters into their own hands. They started by registering their project on kaboom.org and creating a one-minute video to enter into our Promote Your Project Video Contest. Their entry was selected as one of 10 finalists:

After successfully fundraising over $45,000, the Lundy PTA took our community-based model to heart and recruited over 200 volunteers to help build the playground. Now, over 600 students will have a place to play during recess and after school.

The project, which was featured in the EL Paso Times and on a local news channel, speaks to the power of what a community can accomplish when they are motivated, organized, and tenacious.

See photos from the build day:




Please join us in congratulating MJ Lundy Elementary on a job well done! Learn more about the project and find out how to start your own on projects.kaboom.org.

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