Volunteers Build Playground in a Day in St. Paul

Updated: 06/28/2014 6:18 PM
Created: 06/28/2014 1:11 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

The sounds of power drills, hammers and nails are music to Bobbie Evangelist's ears.

"We really needed a safe, engaging place for kids to play," said the principal of St. Paul Music Academy. "We wanted to create a space that was welcoming for everyone to come in, so this not only serves our students but it serves the community around us."

And as the principal of a music school, she knows the importance of playing. Whether its playing an instrument or on a jungle gym.

St. Paul Music Academy students designed the new playground and won a grant through KaBoom!, a non profit dedicated to building playgrounds within walking distance of kids in communities. The $100,000 dollar project was sponsored by Foresters Insurance.

"I see that they're making a rock wall and I really love rock walls," said student Angelina Lipinski.

"I'm really excited about this playground.  It's going to be better than our old one," said student Myla Dykes.

More than 200 volunteers put the new playground together in one day.

"We just want kids to love their school more than anything and they do," said Evangelist.

This was the 100th playground Foresters and KaBoom! have partnered in building in North America.

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