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30 October 2015

Chicago and Kansas City Transform Robert Healy Elementary School Playground

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As part of the Green Apple Day of Service and the HOK 24 / SIXTY firm-wide community service initiative, HOK’s Chicago and Kansas City offices partnered with Chicago Public Schools to paint the school building and transform the playground at Robert Healy Elementary School.

HOK’s team designed a vibrant play-learning environment that incorporates sustainable design principles and a variety of play settings. This enhanced playground improves the health of children while helping them develop motor skills, physical stamina and confidence.

MuralVolunteers re-painted the outside of the school, created a student-designed sports-themed mural on one wall, built five raised-bed gardens and painted games on the blacktop. Students at Healy Elementary can now play hopscotch, four square, basketball and football on the newly painted blacktop, surrounded by lush flower beds and a sports mural.

“It was a long, full day but the team’s hard work paid off,” said Sara Hoversten, director of operations for the Green Sports Alliance. “The students and the members of the community will make great use of this beautiful schoolyard.”

Benefits will reach Robert Healy Elementary School’s 1,440 students and their families, of who 82.1 percent are low-income and 23.1 percent speak limited English.

The new HOK 24 / SIXTY report illustrates the firm’s commitment to making a difference. View it on Issuu.