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Local celebrity offers help to restore burned school playground

Jeffery Gordon
January 23, 2018 06:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Burned equipment and caution tape remained at an Osuna Elementary School playground after a suspected act of vandalism a few weeks ago.


The sight left students, staff and parents heartbroken.

"It was very emotional," Principal Hanna Myers said. "The first time I walked onto the playground and saw the wreckage, there were tears just streaming down my cheeks.

On Tuesday, a helping hand and some good news came their way. Albuquerque golf hero Notah Begay III announced that his foundation, NB3, is teaming up with Albuquerque Public Schools to help rebuild the playground.

"When I read about the tragedy, I was saddened by the senseless act of vandalism and I just tried to figure out how I could help," Begay said. "How can I use my platform and my voice to act on behalf of the children?"

For many in the community, Begay's generosity is also a good example for kids.

"I think it's going to be a really good example for the kids, that even though bad things happen, good things can come from it and really look for ways to be kind to other people," said one parent, Kristina Creek.

Begay says if they need help building, they can give him a call.

"If they ask me to, I'll get a shovel," he said. "I'm fine that."


Jeffery Gordon

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