On Friday, March 4, roughly a dozen employees from Deutsche Bank's Houston, Texas office helped build a playground for the KIPP Legacy School, a new elementary school in Northeast Houston. The project was organized by KaBOOM, a national non-profit working to ensure that every child in America is only walking distance from a great place to play. Ideas for the playground were sourced directly from students at the school and used to generate the final product. A preparation date prior to the actual event laid out the different areas and ensured that volunteers could get straight to work constructing the playground, ensuring it would be completed within one day.
This was the first volunteer opportunity coordinated by Houston's newly formed employee local action committee. The group is committed to fostering internal and external community involvement by the office. "[The event] was a great way to get people activated in the community, as well as participate in a fun day of team-building," said committee member Monique Aiken. Deutsche Bank sent its employees in two shifts, so that traders who might have trouble leaving their desks for an entire day could still get involved. In addition to the Bank's volunteers, about 250 members of the local community came out to build the playground, as well as Mayor Annise Parker, who stopped by to show her support. While the partnership between Deutsche Bank and the KIPP Legacy School is a new one, the volunteers hope to stay involved, possibly as mentors for the students.
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