William Allen White Elementary School Staff & Community Team Up to Construct New Playground

July 13, 2017


Contact: Melissa Fears, director of Communications & Marketing, (913) 279-2225

Kansas City, KS, July 13, 2017 – On Friday, July 14 at 8 a.m., William Allen White Elementary School’s staff, parents, students and the community will work side-by-side to construct a new playground at the school, just in time for the start of the new academic year next month. The new playground is thanks to Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM awarding the school a $15,000 Let’s Play Construction Grant.

“We are so excited William Allen White is the recipient of the grant and as a result of this opportunity we will have a brand new playground for the 2017-18 school year,” said William Allen White Principal Angela Wright.  “I am also proud that this project will be one in which we can all look back on and say we had a role in making it happen from applying for the grant to constructing the playground that will be around for our students and the neighborhood to enjoy for years to come. It is truly something for us to be proud about at the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District,” said Wright.

About 50 volunteers are expected to participate in the building project on Friday, July 14. A supplemental build date is set for Saturday, July 15, if additional construction time is needed for the project.

About William Allen White Elementary School

William Allen White is an elementary school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools serving Kindergarten through 5th grade. There are currently 270 students in attendance. W.A.White strives to ensure all students receive a strong educational foundation that will be built upon as they change and grow. We take pride in making sure that every student feels welcome and an integral part of our student population.

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple 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, Dr Pepper Snapple is doing our part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids. Since its launch in 2011, Let’s Play has provided more than 10 million children with more opportunities to play via safe, accessible playgrounds and sports equipment.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean.

About KaBOOM!

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. 


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