Duquesne Light Employees Help Build Playground
November 2019
In early November, more than 100 Duquesne Light Company (DLC) employees and Edgewood, Pa., community members braved the cold weather to build Woodland Hills School District’s first playground at Edgewood Elementary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Academy. Thanks to the large number of volunteers, this project was finished in less than six hours.

DLC employees partnered with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, to design and build the playground.

Equipped with stacks of paper and colorful markers, the students at Edgewood Elementary STEAM Academy put their engineering skills to work in May and imagined the playground of their dreams. They illustrated swirly slides, climbing walls, see-saws, and more, all of which were considered for the final design.

“It was a joy to watch the children's faces light up as they designed their dream playgrounds,” said Sonia Santacroce, DLC customer experience associate. “I can only imagine the fun they'll have on the playground they helped design.”

On a brisk fall morning, the volunteers gathered behind Edgewood Elementary STEAM Academy at the site that soon would host an accessible and safe playground. DLC President & CEO Steve Malnight welcomed all of the volunteers before everyone jumped into action.

After several hours of cementing, mulching, and building, a completed playground replaced the empty lot. Joined by school officials, volunteers stood close by as the ribbon was cut on the new space.

The students at Edgewood Elementary STEAM Academy were quick to share their gratitude with DLC volunteers, passing along hundreds of colorful, hand-drawn thank you cards.​