First Lady and KaBOOM Build New Southeast Playground

June 22, 2011  |  

(Washington Informer) — First Lady Michelle Obama joined more than 400 volunteers to erect a swing set and assemble a playground Wed., June 15 at Imagine Southeast Public Charter School, in Anacostia. The first lady was the guest of honor as KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that gives children opportunities for unstructured outdoor play, constructed the 2,000th playground in its 15-year history.  “This is a very cool experience,” Obama said. “It really is a source of pride to be here today to celebrate the 2,000th build.”  The first lady has spearheaded a campaign to get the nation’s children in better shape and combat childhood obesity through her Let’s Move! program.  “KaBOOM! has built playgrounds throughout the area, but it was really great to see the First Lady come out and help build this one,” Southeast resident KeAndre Johnson said.

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