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November 19, 2013

From Crayon Drawings to Blueprint Designs: Fantasy Playground to Become Safe and Accessible Playground Reality for Arthur Ashe Charter School

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Kayee Ip, AAOS • O: 847.384.4035 • C: 312.543.3211 • E:
David Durand, FirstLine Charter Schools • O: 504.941.0837 • E:
Sivi Domango, Arthur Ashe Charter School • O: 504.373.6267 • E:
Alyssa Ross, KaBOOM! • O: 202-464-6162 • E:


From Crayon Drawings to Blueprint Designs: Fantasy Playground to Become Safe and Accessible Playground Reality for Arthur Ashe Charter School

NEW ORLEANS—Dozens of children from FirstLine Charter School’s Arthur Ashe campus will let their imaginations soar during the Tues., Nov. 19, 2013, Safe and Accessible Playground Design Day event at the school. Children will draw the playground of their dreams with crayons and markers in hand. Their fantasy playground will become a reality on Tues., March 11, 2014, when hundreds of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and community volunteers gather at Arthur Ashe to build a playground in just one day.
Today, community children and adults will participate in a late-afternoon event packed with interactive exercises to share concepts of their ideal play space. In partnership with Arthur Ashe and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing play to kids who need it most, the groups’ concepts then get incorporated into the final design plans to build the playground.
AAOS orthopaedic surgeon spokespersons Scott F.M. Duncan, MD, chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Ochsner Health System; and McCall G. McDaniel, MD, with Tulane University School of Medicine; and representatives from FirstLine Charter Schools and KaBOOM! were on hand to answer build-related questions and share information about playground safety and the importance of safe exercise and play in building strong bones for life.
Since 2000, the Academy has sponsored a one-day volunteer build to kick-off its Annual Meeting, leaving behind a legacy of safe and accessible playgrounds to the Annual Meeting’s host city so that children with and without disabilities can safely play together. This will be the Academy’s third Safe and Accessible Playground build in the New Orleans area and the 15th nationwide.
Orthopaedic surgeons are the physicians who treat many people with physical disabilities. They see first-hand the fractures, dislocations and other results of playground injuries and falls. The Safe and Accessible Playground Build is an opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to give back to the Academy’s Annual Meeting host city. This playground will offer children exercise opportunities for balance, flexibility, and strength to build strong bones.
For more information about the Safe and Accessible Playground, visit

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Arthur Ashe Charter School
FirstLine Schools operates five open-enrollment public charter schools in New Orleans, and believes New Orleans can be the first city in America where every child goes to a great school.

The mission of Arthur Ashe Charter school is to prepare all students academically while developing their character so they will excel at a high school with rigorous academics and graduate from a four-year college. Ashe Scholars believe in Achievement, Community, Excellence and Self, and we think they're A.C.E.S.!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,400 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit


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