Georgia-Pacific Professional and KaBOOM! Build New Playground Facility for Winter Gardens Elementary School
Hundreds of Volunteers Join Together to Create Safe Play Environment for Elementary Students
ATLANTA – Winter Gardens Elementary School in Lakeside, Calif., received a brand new playground on Dec. 7, 2010. The state-of-the-art play area is part of the efforts of more than 500 volunteers from the Georgia-Pacific Professional business team, the local community and organizers from KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to providing play areas for children. The new playground will serve more than 500 children and provide them with a fun, safe place to play on the school’s campus.
“Georgia-Pacific Professional takes pride in giving back to the community and providing our employees an opportunity to help others,” said Bill Sleeper, president of Georgia-Pacific Professional, a leading provider of away-from-home washroom and foodservice solutions. “We had a wonderful time working with volunteers and KaBOOM! to provide the students of Winter Gardens Elementary with a safe play space they will be able to enjoy for years to come.”
In just one day, the brand new 5,280 square-foot playground was built from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from Georgia-Pacific Professional and KaBOOM!. The facility is fully equipped and includes features such as a Super Dome, Slither Slide, climbing wall and a swing set. On Dec. 10, the school also held a groundbreaking ceremony for its teachers and students to celebrate the newly built playground.
“The KaBOOM! playground build is a life-changing moment for our students and for our community,” said Denise Goulart, Teaching Vice Principal of Winter Gardens Elementary School. “Our students are not used to getting new things, and we are left speechless by the generosity of Georgia-Pacific Professional and KaBOOM!."
Additionally, in recognition of National Hand Washing Awareness Week, Dec. 5 – 11, Georgia-Pacific Professional is helping young children stay healthy by teaching them the importance of washing hands often, especially after playing on the playground. Earlier in the week, students received a visit from Mo, Georgia-Pacific Professional VP of Hygiene and Chairman of Cool. Robed in his traditional jiu-jitsu attire, Mo gave hand-washing lessons to students and teachers, and taught them the important steps of proper hand washing. This effort is part of Georgia-Pacific Professional’s “The Art of Washing Hands” program, a children''s campaign featuring Germ-jitsu Mo. (Visit: www.TheArtOfWashingHands.com
About Georgia-Pacific Professional
Georgia-Pacific Professional is a provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps, air fresheners, wipers, cups, cutlery and napkins. Two business groups operate under the Georgia-Pacific Professional business. The Washroom and Wiper Solutions group provides a wide range of products to market segments including office buildings, education, healthcare and manufacturing facilities. The Food Services Solutions group focuses on such segments as restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores and lodging facilities. Georgia-Pacific Professional’s business features well-known product brands including enMotion®, Compact®, Dixie®, EasyNap®, SmartStock®, Brawny Industrial™ and SofPull™. For more information about Georgia-Pacific Professional, please call
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Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the company focuses on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,900 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of educational resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers — a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org