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OmnicomCares Returns To Where It All Began

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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!

OmnicomCares in New Orleans post-Katrina

Friday, June 15th, 2007

On June 9th, 2007, over 200 hard-working and tireless volunteers from across Omnicom, Americorps, KaBOOM! and Laurel Elementary School braved the heat and humidity (a heat index of 100+!!) to build a playground in about six hours. We moved mountains of mulch, mixed hundreds of bags of cement, and assembled all sorts of playground elements including planters, benches, climbing walls, slides and more.

It was all capped by a ribbon cutting ceremony in which, on top of everything that the volunteers had already done, Randy Weisenberger presented a check for $50,000 to Laurel Elementary School Principal Janet Johnson. Among other things, the money will be used to buy equipment, uniforms, and fund jobs programs for the school’s 7th and 8th grade students.

What photos will never show are some of the numbers that marked this inaugural service project. We’ll start with weather data: 93 degrees Fahrenheit, 90% humidity.

Some other statistics of the day:

  • Mixed 11,400 lbs of cement
  • Drank 3,500 bottles of Aquafina water and Gatorade
  • Consumed 1 ton of ice
  • 225 adult volunteers, and 75 children and young adults
  • Administered 1 Band-Aid
  • Moved and spread 440 cubic yards of mulch (a KaBOOM! record)
  • Listened to 1 Brass Band
  • Ate 340 MacDonald’s double cheeseburgers
  • Devoured 600 pieces of fried chicken
  • Filled 50 – 24” wide x 48” deep post holes
  • Assembled 5 tractor trailers of raw materials and components

Add it all up and you have a playground built in only 6 hours… not to mention a great day for everyone – the local community and the Omnicom volunteers!