In a project that finished today, nearly 300 volunteers from the local community, Disneyland and other Disney VoluntEARs, city of Anaheim, Thomas Edison Elementary School and Anaheim Family YMCA united to build a new KaBOOM! playground and learning garden for hundreds of Anaheim children. The new learning garden at nearby Thomas Edison Elementary School will teach children how to grow vegetables, expanding their knowledge of healthy food and nutrition. The new playground, which was based on designs created by the children it will serve, was fully assembled in two days.
The Walt Disney Company has taken on the cause of championing the well-being of kids and families, contributing more than $1 million in 2011 to assist KaBOOM! in building playgrounds and learning gardens in 13 communities across the U.S. These playgrounds are part of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, a multimedia initiative designed to partner with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids by reinforcing their work and inspiring kids to make healthy lifestyles fun.
I’ve been involved in a KaBOOM! project before and the whole process is designed to involve multiple levels of the community. This ensures community ownership and a long life for the facility. Disney is constantly in the community doing projects like these, so I always appreciate the chance to promote it when they send out photos. Have you ever worked on a KaBOOM! project? (Photos Courtesy Disneyland/Rob Sparacio)