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On Friday, Sept. 28, more than 130 Duquesne Light employees gathered at Pivik Elementary School in Plum Borough to help build a new, inclusive KaBOOM! playground that will serve students of all abilities. DLC employees were joined by community members and representatives from KaBOOM! and Habitat for Humanity of Allegheny County.

The playground design was based on the student’s “wish list” drawings created during a special Design Day event in July. In addition to a variety of play structures, the build area was spacious enough to also accommodate several other features, including a shade structure, wooden planter benches, picnic tables, a corn hole set and asphalt games, like checkers and four square.

The day concluded with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the completion of the new playground. This included President and CEO Rich Riazzi, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and representatives from Plum School District, Pivik Elementary School, Senator Jim Brewster’s office and Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to the Pivik Elementary build, DLC has partnered with KaBOOM! to complete playgrounds in Beaver County, North Versailles, Braddock Hills, Midland, McKeesport, Coraopolis and at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than 1 million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids.  

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