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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! Awarded Liverpool Central SD (LCSD) elementary school at Chestnut Hill (CHE) a “Let's Play” Community Construction Grant that will be used to enable the children in the southern-most part of Liverpool an opportunity for play that is not currently available in the neighborhood.

The playground build is made possible by “Let's Play”, an initiative by DPS to provide the funding, equipment, and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. Through “Let's Play”, DPS and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring play spaces for Liverpool kids to learn, explore, grow, and simply be kids!

Chestnut Hill is currently being renovated and the children have been relocated to Wetzel Road Elementary school since 2015. They are due to return home to Chestnut Hill in September of this year and do not currently have a playground for Kindergarten-2nd graders to return to. There are no area parks to provide an alternative play area. LCSD is already adhering to a minimal budget as they support CHE (whose poverty rate is 72%) in addition to 8 other elementary schools in the district. The school's Principal, Todd Bourcy, and the PTO took it upon themselves to look at creative alternatives to help fund the $33,000 playground. Along with fundraising and other grants, one of their solutions was DPS and KaBOOM! Through their support, they are providing $15,000 towards CHE's new playground.

“We began the journey of replace our playgrounds 5 years ago; a collective effort by our dedicated parents, students, and staff who worked very hard to see this come to fruition. Additionally, with the completion of our building renovation, our students and families are finally 'home' and now have safe, modern, and instructionally engaging facilities” says Mr. Bourcy.

DPS has committed $38.5 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”, DPS 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, DPS is doing its part to eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for kids that need it the most.

Visit “Let's Play” at to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants that make communities more active and playful- for those that need it most.

About LCSD at Chestnut Hill Elementary
The Chestnut Hill Elementary PTO is a non-profit organization whose membership includes parents, guardians, and staff at Chestnut Hill Elementary. Our goal is to promote open communication and understanding between parents and the staff of Chestnut Hill Elementary. Our efforts serve to enhance and maximize the education of every child while aiding them in  achieving their highest potential. The PTO sponsors assistance to teachers in classroom settings, holds fundraisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, supports school and family social interaction, and provides a non-biased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children. We will help families without any prejudice. All children and families will be treated equally.

@mail.comAbout Let's Play
Let's Play is an initiative by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to provide the funding, equipment, and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. DPS partners with KaBOOM! to build and improve playgrounds and with Good Sports to provide sports equipment grants to kids that would otherwise not have access. Let's Play has already provided more than 11 million kids new opportunities to play. With year-round grants available for new or improved playgrounds and sports equipment, Let's Play helps kids achieve balanced, well-rounded lifestyles. For more information, please visit or

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids- especially those living in poverty- the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play spaces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit and join the conversation at, and #playmatters #PLAYceforKids

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