April 28, 2011 5:41 AM
Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano
Thirty-five Tulane students taking service-learning courses in conjunction with the Center for Public Service spent a Saturday recently helping to build a KaBOOM! playground in New Orleans East. They joined a crew of volunteers that included students from the University of New Orleans to assemble the play equipment on Granville Street in a Vietnamese neighborhood, which is the site of a future community center. KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities create play spaces for children, has worked with groups to build a number of playgrounds across New Orleans.
Hoisting shovels of fill material at the playground site are D. J. Piazza, left, and Cristian Wedgwood, both Tulane first-year students.
On the assembly team for the KaBOOM! playground equipment are first-year Tulane students, from left, Holger Norregaard, who plays on the Green Wave tennis team; Amber Bennett, a member of the volleyball team; and Liz Karnes, also a volleyball team player. Pitching in at right is Tulane senior Toni Xu.
A blue tarp makes easy hauling for this group of volunteers. They are, from left, Ariel Noffke, a Tulane senior; D. J. Piazza; and UNO students Perla Pagan and Patrick Guittierrez.
Liz Karnes, left, and Amber Bennett finish the installation of the rock-climbing surface to make the new playground ready for children to enjoy.
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