Please see the attached media advisory and consider attending tomorrow’s event with BGE, Monarch Academy, The Children’s Guild and volunteers from the local Baltimore community. More than 200 volunteers will build a playground at the Monarch Academy in one day, a playground designed by the children in the local community.

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.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY


Contact:                                                                                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monarch Academy: Bonnie Heneson, 410-206-5710, [email protected]

BGE: Rachael Lighty, 410-470-7433, [email protected]

KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482, [email protected]

 

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BGE, Monarch Academy, The Children’s Guild and KaBoom! Team Up to Build a Playground in a Day at Monarch Academy in Baltimore City 

Designed by the children from the community, the playground will provide a safe place for thousands of children to play in Baltimore City

 

Photo, video and interview Opportunities Available

WHAT:

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 the Monarch Academy in Baltimore City. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in September.

WHEN:

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.11 a.m. to 1 p.m.               

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.      

(Times approximate)

         Kick-off ceremony         Playground construction

Final construction phase

Ribbon-cutting ceremony with local elected officials,
volunteers, and children and residents of the local
Baltimore City community

WHERE

Monarch Academy

2525 Kirk Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21218

 

WHO:

More than 200 BGE, Monarch Academy, The Children’s Guild and community volunteers
Children from Baltimore City who designed the playground and their families

Senator Catherine E. Pugh, 40th District, Baltimore City

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City

Delegate Cheryl Glenn

Baltimore City Council President Jack Young’s Office

Baltimore City Schools Officials

Baltimore City Fire Chief Niles Ford

 

WHY:

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).

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.

The playground is the second built by BGE and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful, active childhood they deserve. BGE supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

 

VISUALS

Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground