Five years ago OmnicomCares completed its first-ever service project in New Orleans shortly after the city had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. On September 8, 2012 we will return to complete another exciting project in the New Orleans area, this time at Johnson Gretna Park Elementary School. And we are once again teaming up with KaBoom!
Johnson Gretna Park Elementary School has been providing an academic environment that promotes high expectations for all students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens since 1958. In addition to its school-day programming, Johnson Gretna Park Elementary provides activities both before and after school in addition to opening up its facilities to children or other local programs and organizations, including the Boys Club and Girl Scouts.
The school serves 610 students in grades pre-K to 5, 94% of whom qualify for reduced price or free lunch. The school’s previous playground equipment was more than 15 years old and had to be removed due to mold and deterioration following severe storms.
This year’s “to do” list includes:
- Construction of a state-of-the-art playground
- Renovation of the school yard to include picnic tables, a shade structure and playground games
- Installation of new computers in the school
- Painting of two beautiful murals at the school, designed by the Zimmerman Agency
After completing more than a dozen projects across the globe, we’ve come full circle in our ongoing commitment to help local communities provide safe, clean and fun places for children to learn and play. We look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans!