Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski, more than 100 UnitedHealthcare
employees, and volunteers from the Darby area will join today to build a
new playground at Park Lane Elementary School.
The new 3,268-square-foot playground will include a triple racer slide,
monorail, rock climbing wall and more. The playground's design is based
on drawings created by children from Park Lane Elementary who
participated in a "design day" event last month.
The area surrounding Park Lane Elementary School has very few play
opportunities and because of the school's central location, its outdoor
space has become the gathering area. Park Lane's existing playground
equipment is old and dilapidated, and will be torn down to make room for
the new play space.
The volunteers are working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit
organization that works to bring balanced and active play into the daily
lives of all children. The Park Lane playground is the 2,484th
KaBOOM!-organized build since 1996 and the 14th created by
KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare.
"Our new playground will provide children and families with a fun, safe
place to play, learn and spend time together while being active," said
Dr. Dawnée Watson-Bouie, principal, Park Lane Elementary School. "We're
very grateful to UnitedHealthcare, KaBOOM! and all our volunteers for
rolling up their sleeves and helping us bring the joy of play to our
"UnitedHealthcare is honored to have the opportunity to help build a
playground at Park Lane Elementary School," said Sue Schick, CEO,
UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania. "Our hope is that this project will
allow everyone in this neighborhood the chance to participate in healthy
activities by playing and exercising outdoors."
This playground build is part of UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live
Well." program, an employee-volunteer initiative to help prevent
obesity. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to
find local opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org.
on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
About Park Lane ElementaryPark Lane Elementary School,
located in Darby, PA, serves approximately 400 students in kindergarten
through grade 6. More than 88 percent of Park Lane's student population
is economically disadvantaged, more than 9 percent are English Language
Learners, and more than 16 percent receive special education services.
Park Lane School's administration and staff provide a full range of
educational support services for its students, with teachers meeting on
a weekly basis in grade level groups to discuss ways to best meet the
needs of their students. All of Park Lane School's classes are taught by
Highly Qualified Teachers as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Park Lane Elementary School has a two-fold goal of advancing children's
learning in academic achievement and promoting character development.
Dr. Dawnée Watson-Bouie, School Principal, works to encourage a
partnership with the school community of students, parents, teachers,
staff, and surrounding community that leads to achievement and
continuous improvement for every child. Parent involvement activities
include Family Reading Night, Books Out Loud,
and Raising Young Readers workshops. To help develop
character, values are incorporated into the daily school program to
maintain a school climate filled with the human values of love, trust,
peace, appropriate conduct, and non-violence.
Park Lane Elementary School is part of the William Penn School District,
which serves more than 5,100 students throughout the boroughs of Aldan,
Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Yeadon.
About KaBOOM!KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated
to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16
million American children living in poverty, get the balanced and active
play they need to thrive. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play
since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and
open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers
and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes
great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and
educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of
play in children's lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or
follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or
About UnitedHealthcareUnitedHealthcare is dedicated to
helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health
care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and
sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers
the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals
and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves
more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the
businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50
health and well-being company.
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