Our team arrived in New Orleans yesterday, and we wasted no time heading over to Johnson Gretna Park Elementary to prepare the site for the new playground we will be building, murals we will be painting and 80 computers we will be installing this Saturday.
The school just reopened today following Hurricane Isaac. Fortunately the school suffered only minor damage. The children are all smiles here, making this project all the more worthwhile.
KaBOOM! Is prepping the playground site and making good progress. They have obviously done this before, having already outlined the area over which we will be spreading 7,000 pounds of material.
Four artists from Zimmerman in Fort Lauderdale are showing off their tremendous artistic skills, etching out the two murals we will be painting. Max Barrios, Carlos Rancano, Laureen Biruk and Oscar Alonso are supremely talented. The final product will be a great addition to the school.
Carlos visited with the school a few months ago to get their input on the artwork. The inside mural, 100 feet long x 11 feet tall, is an interpretation of what learning at the school is all about: reading, studying, music and culture symbolized by a trumpet player and a fleur de lis, the symbol of New Orleans. The outdoor mural will span two walls and reflects the transition from elementary school to college.
We can’t wait to see all the volunteers Saturday. You can get in the #NOLA mood by tweeting your favorite things about New Orleans. Please use hashtag #GretnaKaBoom .