Chicago, IL (PressExposure) August 26, 2011 -- An inspiration to her community, Christina-Taylor Green received a fitting tribute today as The Allstate Foundation announces plans to replace the 35-year-old play equipment at Christina's school, Mesa Verde Elementary, in Tucson, Arizona.
Green's teachers and community will come together to build the new Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground on September 17; the playground will be dedicated a week later, in a ceremony on September 24.
"Christina always looked after her classmates and the people she loved," said Roxanna Green, Christina's mother. "The playground will provide a fun and safe place for Mesa Verde students and residents to play for years to come - something Christina would have loved for our community."
The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground is the result of a $140,000 donation from The Allstate Foundation to The Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The Allstate Foundation has built more than 40 playgrounds nationwide with Injury Free; this will be the first in Arizona.
"Allstate wanted to honor Christina's memory and to help the Tucson community renew in the wake of the sad event that took Christina's life," said Denis Bailey, field senior vice president for Allstate Insurance Company in Arizona. "This will be a safe, happy place in a city where our customers, employees and friends live, work and play, so this project means a great deal to all of us."
Mesa Verde Principal Foster Hepler said the school prides itself on the health and wellness of its students and a new playground was the school's long-time wish. "It's an opportunity for our school to honor the memory of our dear friend, Christina, while providing an outlet for our students to become physically and mentally fit," he said.
In addition to The Allstate Foundation, a number of community and corporate organizations contributed to the project. This includes an in-kind donation of concrete construction and labor valued at $13,000 by the Sundt Foundation. Also, Mesa Verde Student Council utilized donations by neighboring schools, organizations and individuals in the memory of Christina-Taylor Green to aid in the project. Other funds were provided by The John Jay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation and Little Tikes Corporation.
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This release was originally posted to the Allstate Newsroom on August 17th, 2011.