200 Volunteers Improve Baltimore Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play at the Monarch Academy

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UPDATE:  Playground has been built!  See more here.

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2nd Prep Day – Materials organized and stations erected.

Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Monarch Academy

More than 200 volunteers from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) (@MyBGE), Monarch Academy (@MonarchAcadBC), The Children’s Guild (@TheChildrensGuild), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Baltimore community will join forces on Wednesday, October 29, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Monarch Academy. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in September.

Monarch School - Blank slate, anticipating the 200 volunteers that will transform the area into a play-learning paradise.
Monarch School – Blank slate, anticipating the 200 volunteers that will transform the area into a play-learning paradise.

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives (#playmatters).

Prep Day 1- The truck has arrived.  Unloading playground materials and getting ready to stage.
Prep Day 1- The truck has arrived. Unloading playground materials and getting ready to stage.

Currently, the kids at Monarch Academy don’t have access to a playground to stretch their legs and minds outside the classroom. The new playground will bring these more than 1,000 kids in Baltimore one step closer to having the childhood they deserve. In addition to a new playground, the kids will continue to enjoy Monarch Academy’s project-based learning curriculum that is designed to serve the whole child.

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Volunteers prepping the space for the large, coordinated build effort taking place Wednesday, Oct. 29th

The project is currently underway, with the groundwork being laid in preparation for the big build day, Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Stay tuned for the big unveil!

Monarch Academy

Monarch Academy Public Charter School Baltimore (www.monarchacademy.org) is a co-educational public charter school operated by The Children’s Guild serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade in Baltimore City. Monarch Academy provides students with an enriched, rigorous, hands-on, academic curriculum emphasizing project-based learning and the arts and technology.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube  and Flickr.

KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. 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 lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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