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Sonoran Science Academy Receives Imagination Playground

Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan’s life sciences teacher, Ms. Tori Hanson, got a huge surprise last month when she was notified that the grant she had applied for was not only successful but that the award was one of just ten such awards made nationwide by the CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM!

 The “Grand Reveal” of the Imagination Playground play equipment was held today as part of the Car Max/KaBOOM ‘Week of Play’, as a celebration of their partnership with communities to make play more accessible to children of veterans and of military families.

The “Grand Reveal” saw base and Tucson community members come together in support of students. Loraine K. Goody, MSgt, USAF, from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the Military Family Life Counselor, and Chaplain Meyers represented DMAFB. Dr. Bryan Foulk, a member of the DM-50 group, and Edgar Martinez, from the Tucson Metro Chamber, spoke on behalf of the wider community.

James P. Lewis, General Manager of CarMax Tucson, representing the CarMax Foundation and the KaBOOM! Partnership, spoke about the importance of play, particularly for children of military families. “We understand the emotional impact many kids experience when a parent is deployed or has returned home from military service and are committed to providing community support to these families so their kids and their peers can experience the childhood they deserve”, he said.

School Principal, Ms. Peggy Fontenot, commented, “We are very grateful to CarMax and KaBOOM for recognizing that the children of military families face unique stresses and that play is an important release and opportunity to just have fun. We also very much appreciate the support we have from everyone on the base and we are proud to serve military families”.

The CarMax Foundation is designed to enrich the communities where CarMax associates live and work and has donated more than $35 million since 2003. Funding programs are made available through a portion of CarMax, Inc.’s pre-tax profits. CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates more than more than 170 stores in 39 states nationwide. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no- haggle prices, a broad selection of used vehicles, and superior customer service. For more information, visit CarMax Tucson at 4755 N. Oracle Road or visit the CarMax website at www.carmax.com. For more information about The CarMax Foundation, visit foundation.carmax.com

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids. 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 and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit www.kaboom.org

For more pictures of our 6th graders enjoying the Imagination Playground, visit our Instagram page.  

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