While your Play Day is first and foremost about having fun, it is also an opportunity to make your local park, school, or playground a better place to play. Last year, Brusly Elementary School in Brusly, La. not only organized a great day of games, but also rallied the town’s 2,000 residents to vote in our online competition to win a $10,000 playground grant.
Brusly is right next door to Baton Rouge, and many of this small town’s residents work at the DOW chemical plant in West Baton Rouge. More than half of the school’s population receives free or reduced price lunch. The grant, along with money raised by school and community efforts, allowed Brusly Elementary to purchase a desperately needed new playground.
Assistant Principal Sheila Goins told us, “The playground fundraising efforts and our Play Day allowed our community to rally for a common cause. It was exciting and fun and the energy it created became contagious.” Here are Brusly Elementary students at play:
By using the Play Day Planner, you can apply for grants to help fund bigger improvement projects on your playground. Five Play Day grants will be available in 2010: one $10,000 First Place, one $7,500 Second Place and three $2,500 Runner-Ups.
To become eligible for one of the grants, include an improvement project in your Play Day and complete all required components of the Play Day Planner. KaBOOM! is able to provide these grants through the generous support of Mott’s and NFL PLAY 60.
If you haven’t registered your Play Day yet, there’s no time like the present.
The KaBOOM! Play Day program is presented by Mott’s and made possible by the ongoing philanthropic support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as NFL PLAY 60. Operational support for the KaBOOM! Play Day program provided by National Environmental Education Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Marine Corps Community Services. Together with KaBOOM!, these organizations are working together to sign up thousands of communities to host events that support the importance of play in children’s lives.