From Special Reports

Volunteers are now being sought for two Build Days set aside for work on the Howard Warner Community Center Playground.

The workdays will be Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 and the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Those interested in volunteering may sign up on the Coweta Community Foundation website by visiting cowetafoundation.org, clicking on the “Events” tab, then selecting the appropriate day on the calendar.

Last fall, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the Coweta Community Foundation a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to help build the playground at the Howard Warner Community Center in Newnan. Hundreds of children are expected to benefit from the new playground, and many businesses, civic groups and individuals throughout Coweta County helped raised the $70,000 that was needed for the project.

Among those most eager to see the KaBOOM! grant come to fruition in the building of the new playground is City of Newnan Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Jenkins, who has been heavily involved with efforts to bring the new community center to life in Newnan’s historic Chalk Level neighborhood.

“I am very excited about the addition of the playground to the Howard Warner Community Center campus,” Jenkins said. “There was once a playground in the same location. This project restores that community amenity. I’m so happy with the way our community came together from all walks of life, all parts of our community and businesses to build this place to play, to learn, to have family time and foster community. It will be a wonderful asset again for the Boys and Girls Club, other users of the center and the community at large.”

The KaBOOM! 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.

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 nonprofit 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 its part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids.

Since its launch in 2011, Let’s Play has provided more than 10 million children with more opportunities to play via safe, accessible playgrounds and sports equipment. Moreover, by 2020 it will have engaged more than 80,000 volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple, its partners and its communities in this effort.

To join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful, visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com.