Playground dedication 1
John Green ceremoniously releases some butterflies as his wife,
Roxanna, has one land on her hand and their son, Dallas, has one
fly around his head. The Greens’ daughter loved butterflies.
Playground dedication 2
One of the butterflies released by the Green family.
Playground dedication 3
The Green family cuts the ribbon of the Christina-Taylor Green
Little Hands Playground, Saturday, at Mesa Verde Elementary
Playground dedication 4
Destiny McCarthy, a third-grade student at Mesa Verde Elementary
School, makes her way across the rings at the newly dedicated play
area last weekend.
Playground dedication 5
Lauren Newlin, a second-grader at Mesa Verde Elementary School,
pulls her new T-shirt over her head Saturday morning prior to the
dedication of the Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands
Playground dedication 6
John Green takes down a large blue ribbon after the dedication
ceremony of the playground built and named after his daughter,
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am
Butterflies flew through the air over Mesa Verde Elementary
School Saturday in a fitting tribute to a young life taken all too
The family and classmates of Christina-Taylor Green gathered
that morning to dedicate a play area in her name. The 9-year-old,
who loved butterflies, was shot and killed during the Jan. 8
assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
“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,” said Denis Bailey, field senior vice
president for Allstate Insurance Company in Arizona,
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
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am.