More than 200 volunteers have come together in West Philadelphia to build a new playground from the ground up for the 600+ students of Global Leadership Academy (GLA) today!, This K-8 charter school continues to rise from the ashes after a devastating fire in early 2011. The new playground is based on designs drawn by the children themselves.
GLA has a truly inspiring story. After a fire destroyed the school in January 2011, teachers, parents and staff immediately regrouped and resumed classes a week later in a new location. But something had missing: a place for the children at the school to play. This changes today, thanks to the tireless efforts of the GLA community, and support from Let’s Play and non-profit KaBOOM!. Volunteers have been working early this morning moving mulch, laying cement, assembling slides, planting flowers and painting benches and will not be leaving until the the job is done—all in one day.
The GLA playground build commemorates the one-year anniversary of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM! to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. In 2012, Let’s Play is offering more than $3 million in playground grants to communities. Grants are available in various sizes, ranging from $500 for playgroundcompletion projects to $30,000 to help build brand new playgrounds from the ground up.
The build also serves as a kick-off for the “Let’s Play Pledge” live today at Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
The Pledge challenges families everywhere to commit to keeping play alive. Get connected and show your support!