We’re back from New Orleans and the largest OmnicomCares service project ever undertaken is a great success. Words cannot describe what the volunteers accomplished in one day, so be sure to look at the before and after photos as well as our amazing video.
The playground, pavement games and picnic tables with games painted on them are magical and will make playtime more fun for the children. The colorful murals do more than brighten the hallways and exterior walls, they offer inspiration and spark the imagination. And in addition to all of that, OmnicomCares installed 80 computers in the classrooms to help teachers educate and prepare these children for life.
More than 400 volunteers from Omnicom, the school and the surrounding community showed up ready to work and they did an amazing job. But as the children lined up in front of the playground for the ribbon cutting ceremony, it was evident that they were the real stars of the day. All the volunteers pulled out their phones to take photos of the children in front of the playground. As pointed out by Dennis Hewitt at the kickoff, “today was not about building a playground, painting murals or installing computers … it is about the changing the lives of children in the community.”
Johnson Gretna Park Elementary Principal Beth Wren said, “Every day when the children come to the playground, they will be reminded that strangers they have never met love and care about them. Most importantly, they will know that you believe in them.”
Thank you to everyone who worked to make this project a great success, and a very special thank you to the many sponsors who made the one-day makeover possible.