2018-06-27 / Features

Volunteers Delta & KaBOOM! Build New Playground At Merrick Academy

Not even the expected thunderstorms could wilt the enthusiasm of the more than 200 volunteers from Delta, KaBOOM! and the Merrick Academy family in Queens, who joined forces to build a new playground for the school. The playground marked the 23rd such build in partnership between Delta and KaBOOM! – and, notably, the second one in New York.

In attendance was Councilman Donovan Richards who gave us a whopping surprise of half million dollars and Delta also gave us an additional $10,000. Other officials such as Senator Leroy Comrie, Chunk Imhof, Delta Airline Vice President of Sales in New York and Stephanie Baldwin - Deltas Vice President of Airport Operations at JFK airport. 

Statement from Daren Johnson: Project Director and Grant Writer for the Kaboom Grant.

The entire Merrick Academy family extends sincere gratitude and appreciation to Delta Airlines and Kaboom Incorporation for accepting our grant proposal and being the funding sponsor respectively.  As the Projector Director and Grant Writer behind this project, I am very grateful to Dr. Karen Valbrun former principal who forwarded the news to me about Kaboom and their playground grant.  At Merrick Academy, we endeavor to foster students' holistic development and today we are very appreciative of the fact that Delta and Kaboom were able to help us realize this goal by giving us this brand new state of the art playground. Since Merrick Academy moved to this new location in 2003, the initial playground that was rented with the property was not age appropriate and needed more equipment to adequately serve the needs of the student population. This new playground will now expose our students to new kinds of play and also accommodate our special needs students who require physical therapy as well as play therapy. Aside from the politicians who came out, it was such a great feeling to see the community of Springfield Gardens and the volunteers giving a lending hand to bring this project to fruition. 

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