Peabody playground gets a face lift

By Mandy Grisham

A little over 3 years ago a unique partnership developed between the Cooper-Young community and our little neighborhood school, Peabody Elementary. You may remember that spring day when everyone came together to completely makeover the playground behind the school. For those involved, it was an amazing 4 months of planning with Kaboom!, the non-profit organization that provided the grant, and one unforgettable day of building the beautiful, new playground. The school yard was swarmed with 100 neighborhood and school volunteers as well as 100 volunteers from Home Depot, the corporate donor.

During these 3 years, thousands of children from the school and neighborhood have enjoyed this play area. My oldest son, who was 2 when the makeover took place, has just completed his kindergarten year at Peabody and has had countless adventures on the playground.

On a hot June afternoon, the friendly folks from Neighborhood Church gave a few hours of their time to spruce up the 3-year-old paint jobs on the wooden benches, stage, and picnic tables as well as pull weeds and rake the mulch around the play structure. They also created a new sign over the baseball field stating the heart of the school, “Peabody Loves Cooper-Young.” The school has been so grateful for the community involvement and partnership over these last 3 years and is excited for what is to come.

Neighborhood Church has been an adopter of Peabody for one year and hopes to continue to offer support and resources as the school needs. If you are interested in becoming a Peabody adopter, contact Sharon Ammons at

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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