Dobbs Elementary School’s Playground Building Day

Atlanta Public Schools, South Metro Scholastic Fund, Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! and Hundreds of Volunteers Created Place for All Generations to Gather

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Atlanta Public Schools, the South Metro Scholastic Fund, the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,300 playgrounds) and volunteers joined forces on Saturday, Nov. 9 to build a one-of-a-kind playground and community garden at J.W. Dobbs Elementary School.

Designs for the customized playground and community garden, funded primarily by the Humana Foundation, were created with personal drawings and input from local community members.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 11.12.59 AMThe children who attend APS’ J.W. Dobbs Elementary School have not had a playground to enjoy for more than 10 years. The Humana Foundation is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being. The unique space has a new community garden to encourage a healthy diet – as well as more traditional, kid-friendly playground equipment to build a truly multi-generational space. The project also creates an area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 11.10.04 AMThe Humana Foundation partnered with KaBOOM! to build a new space for local residents of all ages/abilities; encourage physical activity and overall health and well-being; and provide a diverse community-gathering area. Hundreds of volunteers and community members rolled up their sleeves to build the new, 2,500-sq.-ft., playground from start-to-finish in one day in a fun, old-fashioned barn raising – with a playful twist! The project is one of more than 50 playgrounds being built by Humana, the Humana Foundation, and KaBOOM! across the U.S. over four years.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to dedicate the new play area to the children and community of Dobbs Elementary School.

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