Southern playground receives $15,000 grant

RACINE — Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Southern Local School District a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground which will serve the students in the Southern Local School District.

The grant is part of Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 6.5 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation by the end of 2020.

“The KaBOOM! Grant has given our school the opportunity to provide our students with a playground which will support creative play,” said Heather Dailey-Johnson K-8th Physical Education Teacher. “I am excited to see our students and their reactions as they play on the new play structure on the first day of school!”

The student’s, families, and businesses in our community which support Southern Local School District have worked this year to raise money to fund the playground project. When Southern was awarded the KaBOOM! Grant, it allowed Southern to reach their goal of monies raised to complete this project. The KaBOOM! Grant will allow Southern Local School District to install a playground structure which will support each student reaching their goal of 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Dr Pepper Snapple has committed more than $35.5 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, 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. Visit Let’s Play at to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.

Installation of the new playground is currently scheduled to take place on Sept. 16. For more information on how to volunteer to help with the installation contact Heather Dailey-Johnson at Southern Local Schools or visit the Southern Local Playground Installation on Facebook.

Installation set for Sept. 16

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