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Moss Point School District Encourages Community To Support Playground Projects

Hundreds of Moss Point students need your help to make their dream playground become reality. Students at Kreole Elementary school are receiving equipment for a brand new playground of which the students themselves helped design.

The project is part of a two-year initiative by a company called KaBOOM! to build 100 safe playgrounds in Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The initiative is called Operation Playground. 

Businesses are partnered with different schools to fund these worthwhile projects. The Mississippi Orthopedic Society has partnered with Kreole Elementary.

"We are extremely excited about this build and the partnership with the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society and KaBOOM!," said Sanders.  "These children really need something to do, and this (playground) is something the entire community can enjoy."

In its ten years of existence, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. 

The national nonprofit organization envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America and is extremely proud of its Operation Playground project in the Gulf Coast.  Project coordinators say volunteers are needed. 

The playground is being built in one day on Saturday, August 5.  Anyone interested in lending a helping hand can call Kreole Elementary at 475-3517.

"We are encouraging everyone to be a part of this playground project in some way," said Superintendent Dr. Rachel Carpenter.  "KaBOOM! facilitated a design day with Kreole in which the children were able to put on paper what their dream playgrounds would look like.  We are going to need a lot of people to help make these students' dreams become reality." 

By Carrie Duncan

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