Saturday, September 6, 2008


20,000 lbs. of Concrete
155 cubic feet of mulch
320 adults
60 kids
$75,000 worth of donated material =

a playground full of happy people!


For the last two months I've been on a committee to build a playground for Bella's elementary school. This is only the 2nd year they've been operating, and because they are a charter school, have many needs. So, many conference calls, meetings at the school, and various other phone calls have been made during that time, so that this could happen. The top photo was taken about 7:30 this morning. The bottom photo was taken about 2:00 this afternoon. Pretty amazing huh?

It was all made possible by a grant from Jet Blue Airlines and American Express. A company called KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that builds playgrounds all over the country, and Central America, organized the "build day". My day started early, I had to be there by 6:30 a.m., to get things ready for the volunteers to start showing up at 7:30 a.m. I'm exhausted, but it was a great day, and I can't wait to have the kids play on it come Tuesday afternoon (concrete curing time). Bella is so excited to have swings at school.

Here's a look at some other features of today "build day".

Outdoor classroom:
Garden boxes, and mosaic tiles the children made today:
Notice the benches on the right of the photo with garden boxes on either end:
How would you like to move this pile?

The ribbon cutting ceremony:


Katie said...

Wow! I especially like the outdoor classroom!

I was waiting to read, "And then all the volunteers headed over to West Jordan and finished our backyard..."

Jane said...

That is fantasitc. I can't believe that happened in half a day. What an amazing accomplishment. Moving top soil into your yard will be cake after that pile.

Diana said...

Totally rockin' AWESOME!! Makes me want to come and play!

Chantellebr said...

That doesn't look "getto" at all! You just want to trick us... you're going to a posh school.

Amy said...

That's great. I love it when hard work pays off and everything just comes together.

Put that on your resume!

Way to go Dawn!

Aileen said...

Wow! Unbelievable change. Dawn for President!

Janell said...

That's AMAZING! That's just like you, though... "LET'S GET IT DONE, PEOPLE!" :) Great work, Dawn (and friends!)

Beckie said...

Hi Dawn! I love reading your posts... you are hilarious! I especially loved "lunch ladies". Glad to see you are all doing well and looking so gorgeous!