Last week I was in Atlanta changing the world by building a playground for the children of Nesbit Elementary School in Tucker, Georgia. The community-service event was a joint effort organized by our company's corporate citizenship department and Kaboom — a nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America's children.
Altogether, there were more than 800 volunteers, mostly from my company, who came together as one amoebic mass to build playground equipment, raised bed gardens, picnic benches and more. There were crews dedicated to painting basketball courts, some were tasked with moving hundreds of cubic yards of mulch, while others mixed more than 70,000 pounds of concrete by hand. Of the more than 2,000 playgrounds previously built by Kaboom, this was the largest ever.
The day began at 5:30 a.m. with breakfast and a bus ride to the school. Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive about what the rest of the day would bring. Having been a mulch-shoveler in a similar community service event a year earlier in New Orleans, I was expecting a grueling marathon of work and blisters.