More than 200 volunteers from Delta and parents, teachers and staff from KIPP STRIVE Primary School - along with community volunteers - came together Saturday to build a KaBOOM! playground in one day as part of Hands on Atlanta Day.
“Delta is proud to call Atlanta home, and I am proud of our employees for their ongoing commitment to support Hands On Atlanta Day and work alongside organizations like KaBOOM! and KIPP STRIVE Primary School,” said Tad Hutcheson, Vice President – Community Affairs.“At Delta, we proactively address overall well-being at the core, and KaBOOM! elevates our mission of investing in global health and wellness efforts in the communities where we live, work and serve.”
The new playground will offer a safe place to play for more than 550 students at KIPP STRIVE Primary School, which is located on the Atlanta BeltLine. In addition, the playground will be accessible to kids in the community, so it will serve thousands of children over the years.
KIPP scholars from the classes of 2029 and 2030, their college graduation dates, were engaged from inception, tasked with drawing the design for their ideal playground. The new playground is designed from these drawings.
Volunteers mixed 20,000 pounds of concrete, shoveled mulch, painted art and assembled a new playground structure in just six hours.
For three Delta employees, this build was especially meaningful as they have children who attend KIPP STRIVE Primary School. Katrina Morrison, In-Flight Service; Jade Davis, Reservation Sales and Customer Care; and Joi Simmons, Airport Customer Service; volunteered to build a playground for their children.
“My career at Delta is a big part of my life and it’s great to see these two things come together for this occasion,” Morrison said. “The result is this beautiful playground, not just for the community, but for my child to enjoy and to play.”At the ribbon cutting, Hutcheson presented a check to KIPP STRIVE Primary School for $10,000, which will assist with long-term maintenance of the playground and support the programs it provides.
In addition, representatives from the build and the community cut the ribbon to dedicate the new playground including Hutcheson and Bob Cortelyou, Senior Vice President – Network Planning, along with Sarah Elizabeth Langford Reed, wife of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed representing the City of Atlanta; Gina Simpson, President and CEO of Hands on Atlanta; Mini’imah Shaheed, Principal of KIPP STRIVE Primary School; Terra Walker, Director of Operations for KIPP STRIVE Primary School; and Kinnari Patel, KIPP Metro Atlanta Executive Director.
The playground marks Delta’s ninth playground build with KaBOOM! and the airline’s second build in Atlanta.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than 1 million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids.
About KIPP STRIVE Primary School
The mission of KIPP STRIVE Primary School is to grow, in each and every scholar, the intellect and character necessary to achieve and lead in middle school, high school, college and beyond. KIPP STRIVE Primary School is a tuition-free, public charter elementary school in Southwest Atlanta. KSP opened in 2012 with 112 kindergarteners, and will grow one grade per year until serving grades K-4, approximately 550 students.