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Seattle Elementary School Receives New Playground

More Than 200 KaBOOM!, WaMu and Leschi Elementary Volunteers Roll

Up Sleeves to Build a Dream Play Area for Students

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM):

WHAT:    Washington Mutual (WaMu), Leschi Elementary School and
         organizers from KaBOOM! will use the dreams and wishes of
         students to build a playground on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at
         the school. More than 200 volunteers will replace Leschi's
         20-plus-year-old play structure in less than six hours. The
         project is part of a national partnership between WaMu and
         KaBOOM! to provide new, safe places for thousands of children
         to play. Elements from students' drawings, produced nine
         weeks earlier, were used to create playground blueprints and
         prepare for the construction of the playground.

WHY:     The new playground will provide more than 280 children who
         attend the school with a safe place to develop creativity,
         imagination and friendships and will also be open to the
         public. The play space is the fifth of 10 to be built by
         KaBOOM! and WaMu nationwide in 2008, and one of more than 225
         KaBOOM! will build across the country this year in an effort
         to provide a great place to play within walking distance of
         every child in America. The partnership is a perfect fit for
         WaMu's hands-on approach to helping create strong, safe and
         vibrant communities.

WHERE:   Leschi Elementary School
         135 32nd Avenue
         Seattle, WA 98122

WHEN:    Saturday, July 26, 2008
         8:30 AM - Kick-off and volunteer deployment
         11:30-1:30 PM - Best time to view playground under
          construction
         3 PM - Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area
         (Note: all times approximate)

WHO:     hundreds of volunteers from the community

VISUALS:
         -- Before and after shots of the playground site
         -- Volunteers assembling brightly colored playground
             equipment
         -- Kids from community creating video documentary of
             playground build
         -- Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground
         -- Interviews with kids, volunteers and special guests


MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:
http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=5740755



    CONTACT: Seattle Public Schools
             David Tucker, 206-252-0203
             or
             KaBOOM!
             Mike Vietti, 202-464-6076
             or
             WaMu
             Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 425-444-2500

    SOURCE: Washington Mutual