Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


2013 to Present

New Playground Serves Children of Moore

Moore Public Schools, Emmaus Baptist Church, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children and KaBOOM cooperated to provide a new playground for more than 500 children in the Moore community. KaBOOM is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children and creates great play spaces through the participation and leadership of communities.

The playground on the campus of the Baptist Children’s Home in Oklahoma City is the first of five to be built in the area by KaBOOM and NIKE, Inc. as part of the rebuilding effort following the May 2013 tornadoes. Briarwood Elementary School was destroyed by the May 20 tornado. Emmaus Baptist Church, next door to the Baptist Children’s Home, is serving as a temporary school for the students from Briarwood Elementary.

Children met on July 31 and put crayon to paper to design their dream playground. The Build Day for the playground was September 7 when 290 volunteers gathered to complete the project. Volunteers from NIKE, KaBOOM and the community worked from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 P.M. and finished the playground. Volunteers included the softball and baseball teams from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore and the men’s and women’s golf teams from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. Representatives from NIKE and KaBOOM and Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

September, 2013

Video courtesy of Figure8Photos.com.

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