Perkerson Playground Project
Family Law Section Community Service Project
In May, 2008, the Board of the Family Law Section (“FLS”) voted to build a playground at Perkerson Elementary School in southwest Atlanta as the Section’s community service project for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. We had no idea what we were undertaking at the time, but ignorance is bliss. After 11-months of planning and fundraising, the Perkerson Playground Project became a reality on April 18, 2009. The Family Law Section, in partnership with the Atlanta Bar Foundation and the Perkerson Elementary School community, raised over $45,000 through grants, contributions and fund-raising events. The vast majority of the funds were used for the playground equipment and surfacing. Over 200 volunteers built the playground in one day, including spreading 3,400 square feet of engineered wood fiber.
The FLS Board members and volunteer team captains worked closely with the school’s PTA and administration so that the Perkerson families were involved in planning the playground, choosing the equipment and helping to raise funds for the project. The Perkerson students drew pictures of their dream playground, and most of the elements from the drawings were incorporated into the actual playground design. Rather than a vandalized and thus unusable basketball court providing the only outdoor activity, the Perkerson students now have swings, slides, monkey bars, tether ball and an outdoor classroom.
Although the Perkerson Playground Project was the Section’s most ambitious community service project to date, it was also the most rewarding. The students of Perkerson Elementary School will benefit from our efforts for years to come and the playground will stand as tangible evidence of the power of celebrating service.