Burton International Academy was recently awarded a $750 grant through the Let’s Play Initiative from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! The grant funding was used to replenish wood chips on the school’s playground in October. Ms. Dana Smith’s 7th grade class, teachers and parent volunteers helped to spread the chips on the playground.
A National Partner of KaBOOM!, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has made a $15 million, three-year commitment to the organization as part of the company’s Let’s Play initiative. Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group designed to get kids active nationwide. Together through Let’s Play, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information about Let’s Play, visit letsplay.com.
In mid-November, Burton International Academy was also awarded $999.50 through the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants initiative. State Farm and Youth Service America are asking young people to be “good neighbors” by partnering with their schools and community organizations to create and implement local programs addressing critical issues.
The State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant funds youth-led service-learning programs, a teaching and learning strategy designed to increase academic achievement and workplace readiness by connecting service to community with school-based curricula.
The program at Burton will kick-off during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and continue through April. It will focus on a semester of service and giving back to the community.