Keurig Dr Pepper and KaBOOM! Award United Way Let’s Play Construction Grant
Petersburg, VA (September 9, 2019) – Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Petersburg City + Schools Partnership a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground at Pleasants Lane Elementary School.
The playground build is made possible by Let’s Play, an initiative by KDP to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, KDP and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring PLAYces for Petersburg, VA kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.
The Partnership is incredibly excited to be a part of leading a positive community initiative like this. We look forward to working with community members and community partners to restore a fun and safe play space for Pleasants Lane students during the 2019-2020 school year!
– Leanne Lytle, Director of Petersburg City & Schools Partnership
The City + Schools Partnership’s mission is to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. Creating a play area for the students at Pleasants Lane supports this mission by providing an outlet for students to release stress and tension during the school day as well as an opportunity to empower children to build physical strength and healthy habits at a young age. This grant will be combined with other fundraising efforts to provide a new playground for Pleasants Lane Elementary School. Play is a necessary element of healthy child development and a healthy environment for children.
KDP has committed $38.5 million to Let’s Play through 2019, impacting youth-serving organizations across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Through Let’s Play, KDP partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, KDP is doing its part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids.
Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.
The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg serves as the backbone for this effort.
Let’s Play is an initiative by Keurig Dr Pepper to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. KDP partners with KaBOOM! to build and improve playgrounds and with Good Sports to provide sports equipment grants to kids that would otherwise not have access. Let’s Play has already provided more than 11 million kids new opportunities to play. With year-round grants available for new or improved playgrounds and sports equipment, Let’s Play helps kids achieve balanced, well-rounded lifestyles. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 10 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org.