Conley Elementary School was buzzing with excitement recently as 200 volunteers arrived—shovels, hammers and paint in hand—to build a playground.
After two years, the children in the Conley Elementary School area have a new environment to play.
The entire process began with a Kaboom! grant. KaBoom! partnered with Target to make the playground a reality.
Before building the play area, students and parents helped design the new playground. The KaBoom! playground fits the needs of every student. And it provides a safe and inclusive play experience for all.
The campus reached out for volunteers. More than two hundred came together to build the playground in less than six hours. Volunteers consisted of parents, community members, and staff members. Janice Weaver with the Houston Mayor’s Office also came out to volunteer. Weaver lives in the neighborhood. While at the campus, she also made a personal contribution toward another campus project.
District students also came out to help. The Eisenhower High School baseball team and the Carver High School theater students took part. The Man Up Club from Nimitz High School also chipped in.
Students got more than a new playground. Volunteers also built an outdoor classroom. Other projects included a covered seating area for teachers and extra park benches.
Local news KPRC-Channel 2 took time to film the build-a-thon. The news group featured the event in the 5 p.m. newscast.
“The new playground has given our students and the community a renewed sense of pride in our school,” said Ward. “Research shows that play helps make kids healthy and happy. They need creativity, exploration and physical activities to develop. I thank our KaBOOM!® and Target partners for helping give children the gift of play. And I thank all the volunteers for coming out to help create and build a great space for children to play.”
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