Smile Generation and KaBoom! to build a Child-Designed Playground in One Day

We’re building a playground!  That’s right, volunteers from The Smile Generation and KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play, have partnered with Casa Ramona Academy to build a new child-designed playground at the school in San Bernardino with hundreds of volunteers in one day.

The playground build will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Casa Ramona Academy (1524 W. 7th Street). In less than eight hours, the child-designed playground will be built from scratch by a team of hundreds of volunteers from The Smile Generation, Casa Ramona Academy, local residents and organizers from KaBOOM!. The project is part of the Smile Generation’s Braveheart Outreach Mission.

Here’s a video from last year’s mission:

We are committed to bringing smiles to people’s faces so we partnered with KaBOOM! to create a place to play and a place to smile. Not only are we building a playground but we are also setting up a mobile clinic to provide free dentistry to the families of Casa Ramona Academy.

“Last year we had the opportunity to be a part of the 1,900th KaBOOM! build and it was an incredible event building a playground and serving the women and children of Colette’s Children’s Home. We had such a blast that we decided to do it again. We’re thrilled to make an impact for the kids of Casa Ramona Academy,” said We Serve Manager Kyle Guerin.

The new playground will provide more than 500 children in San Bernardino with a safe place to play. Currently, the playground equipment at Casa Ramona Academy is nearly 40 years old and will be replaced by the new playground. The playground’s design is based on drawings submitted by children at a Design Day event held in September. Since then, a locally formed playground planning committee has worked closely with The Smile Generation and KaBOOM! to prepare for the build.

“The Board of Trustees of Casa Ramona Academy is honored and pleased to be the recipient of a playground donated by The Smile Generation with the assistance of KaBOOM!. The children of our Academy and community are grateful to the many who have contributed in making this playground a reality,” said Judith Valles, Chairperson of the Casa Ramona Academy Charter School.

Currently, only 1-in-5 children in the U.S. live within walking distance of a park or playground, which has created a play deficit among children across the country. To address this play deficit, KaBOOM!, a Washington D.C. based non-profit, has directly led the building of more than 2,000 playgrounds with more than 1 million volunteers that serve more than 5.5 million children across North America since the organization was founded in 1996.

“We’re excited to be working with an organization like The Smile Generation that is committed to addressing the play deficit among children and making children healthier,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder and CEO and author of The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. “KaBOOM! believes every child deserves to have a great place to play and thanks to The Smile Generation’s generosity, KaBOOM! will move one step closer to our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America by building a wonderful playground in San Bernardino.”

For more information, contact:
Esther Estrada, Superintendent, CRA, 909-888-3132, allcasaramonasb(at)netzero(dot)com
Kyle Guerin, The Smile Generation, 714-508-3600, guerink(at)pacden(dot)com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, mvietti(at)kaboom(dot)org


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