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$91,000 project works to bring smiles back to Oklahoma Children

EL RENO, Okla. – Back in May 2013, Oklahomans suffered damage to their homes, communities, and schools. 

An EF-3 tornado hit El Reno on May 31.

Residents of El Reno are still working clean up the damage from 11 months ago. 

Volunteers from Devon Energy and the El Reno community will join with Youth & Family Services to help rebuild a playground that was destroyed when the tornado hit.

Devon Energy funded the $91,000 project to help Youth & Family Services replace outdoor equipment that was not covered by insurance.

Devon and the El Reno agency are working with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to building playgrounds in communities across the nation.

A playground is more than a playground.

 

Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult.

The new playground will bring more than 200 kids served by the agency each year one step closer to having the childhood they deserve, as play is therapeutic for children, and provides an important outlet for stress.

Devon is funding the project and providing more than 100 volunteers as part of the company’s $2.5 million pledge toward Oklahoma tornado recovery.

If you would like more information on how to have a playground built in your community click here.