Beaumont partners with Playworks Detroit for playground painting event

30 volunteers to roll up sleeves to paint and beautify elementary school play area

Beaumont Health System's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is partnering with Playworks Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 12 to transform the playground at Bennett Elementary School in Detroit into a colorful, safe space for play.

This community service project began as a vision of Harry N. Herkowitz, M.D., former chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery for Beaumont Health System, prior to his death in June. Now, his two children and 28 Beaumont volunteers are coming together to make that vision a reality in honor of him.

Born in Oak Park and a Wayne State University graduate, Dr. Herkowitz understood the value of a good learning environment and championed the important role of physical activity in the overall health of children.

Bennett Elementary School is located at 2111 Mullane Street in Detroit. Volunteers will arrive at the school at 8:30 a.m. and spend the morning painting. Some areas to be painted include: a wall ball area, a home base circle, a hopscotch course, a foursquare court and a playground mural.

About Playworks

Since 2010, Playworks Detroit has impacted over 20,000 children with opportunities for physical activity and play. Through Playworks' school-based programming, students not only increase their physical activity, but also return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. With our community partners, we create a welcoming school environment that is free from intimidation, interruptions and violence. Playworks encourages students to be part of the solution rather than being perceived as part of the problem. Learn more about the program at www.playworks.org/detroit.

About Beaumont Orthopedics

Beaumont Health System provides a full range of specialized care in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of all orthopedic injuries and conditions. Beaumont's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers leading-edge treatments and technology including minimally invasive surgery, implants and trauma surgery. Beaumont is Michigan's most experienced orthopedic hospital specializing in surgeries of the back, neck, foot, ankle, hand and upper extremities; hip and knee replacement; scoliosis treatment; tumor surgery; pediatric orthopedics; and sports medicine. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is Michigan's top-ranked hospital for orthopedic care by U.S. News and World Report. Find out more at http://orthopedics.beaumont.edu/.