Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thank you Verint & KaBOOM! - New Playground at LHA!

Monday was a pretty incredible day over at Langston Hughes Academy (LHA).  Over 200 volunteers worked for six hours and the end result was a brand new playground, sandbox, puppet theater, mini basketball court, picnic tables, benches, gameboard table tops and a brand new beautiful mural.  The back of the school has been transformed!

Check out the amazing change!!
The build site, afternoon of Feb 6, 2012

The build site, morning of Feb 6, 2012

Verint Representatives with some LHA scholars
at the ribbon-cutting ceremony
This build was made possible through the amazing KaBOOM! organization and the generosity of Verint Systems.  Not only did Verint donate funds, but 75 of the volunteers at the build day were Verint employees - some came all the way from India!  Verint started their sales meeting the next day, here in New Orleans, but those that volunteered on the LHA KaBOOM! build flew in a day early to be able to take part.  It was wonderful to get to know some of the Verint employees and to share this amazing day with them.

Dow Edwards, Co-Chair of the
NOLA180 Board of Directors, thanking
the volunteers

LHA scholars also took part in this project.  Scholars were a part of the playground design day, they created thank you cards for all of the volunteers, the LHA Marching Eagles performed at the check presentation/ribbon-cutting ceremony, and some scholars were a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The playground will open for the students tomorrow (Thursday, February 9, 2012) and we can't wait to see what they think of their new playground!

Volunteers at the end of the build day

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