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Ray City receives $15K construction grant

RAY CITY, GA -

KaBoom, a national non-profit organization and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group awarded Ray City with a $15,000 construction grant.

The grant is part of Let's Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide.

By the end of 2012 Let's Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBoom will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds for an estimated five million children across North America. 

Here is the full press release from Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Ray City a $15,000 Let's Play Community Construction Grant as announced September, 2012.

The grant is part of Let's Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide.

In 2011, as part of Let's Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child.

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. 

The Community-Built Playground Project in Ray City is a volunteer led initiative to construct a new play space at the City Park next year. Ray City is a rural municipality in Berrien County, Georgia with a population of approximately 1,100 citizens.

The funds from the Let's Play grant will be used to create a safer and more accessible playground for the community. Playground plans include equipment for children with a wide range of abilities and needs, including ADA accessible play features designed for children with autism.

Unstructured, child-directed play has been proven to help kids develop physically, socially and cognitively, yet today's kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation.

Through Let's Play grants and projects in 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 528 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 1.3 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds.

People are encouraged to visit Let's Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make their communities more active and playful.

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