Ashburn, Va. (July 29, 2014) – Creighton’s Corner Elementary School has received a $30,000 playground in Dannon’s Nationwide Rally for Recess Contest.
Last fall, students at Creighton’s Corner voluntarily donated time to lick envelopes, fill out 3-by-5 cards and apply address labels for thousands of entries to the Dannon Rally for Recess contest. Children as young as 5 years old donated change and inspired their parents to send in stamps and fill out entries for the contest.
The goal of their efforts was a chance to win a new playground for their school.
The school’s current playground equipment has a maximum occupancy of 42 children, with more than 175 students at a time outside for recess.
“Our students really needed this playground and they were excited to bring it to our school,” said Principal Chris Knott. “The way our community came together and supported our school and students is absolutely amazing.”
Parents, teachers, children, extended family members and other helpful donors from as far away as Austin, Texas, were entering codes to help Creighton’s Corner win the national contest.
Each year, Dannon holds the annual Rally for Recess Contest as one way to fulfill its mission to bring better health to children. The contest awards a new $30,000 playground to five schools, one in each of five size categories.
Local businesses, many of which share a mission to improve wellness in children, also gave generously to support Creighton’s Corner in their effort to win the playground. Harris Teeter, the UPS Store in Brambleton, the Brambleton Group, Brambleton HOA and Legacy Elementary all contributed to the effort.
“Dannon’s Rally for Recess contest really helped demonstrate how individuals and local businesses can band together to support the needs of the community,” said PTA Fundraising Vice-President Renee Gargasz. Gargasz, along with Carolyn Strain Stewart and Laurie Pitzely, led the Rally for Recess effort at Creighton’s Corner.