Smile Generation & National Non-Profit KaBOOM! Announce Partnership with Casa Ramona Academy to Build Child-Designed Playground in San Bernardino in One Day

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The Smile Generation and KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play, announced a partnership today with Casa Ramona Academy to build a new child-designed playground at the school in San Bernardino with hundreds of volunteers in one day.

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Smile Generation is a referral service for best-in-class dentists committed to modern dentistry and patients' happiness. The Smile Generation connects patients with great dentists dedicated to deliver

We're excited to be working with an organization like The Smile Generation that is committed to addressing the play deficit among children and making children healthier," said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder and CEO

The Smile Generation and KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play, announced a partnership today with Casa Ramona Academy to build a new child-designed playground at the school in San Bernardino with hundreds of volunteers in one day.

The playground build will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Casa Ramona Academy (1524 W. 7th Street). In less than eight hours, the child-designed playground will be built from scratch by a team of hundreds of volunteers from The Smile Generation, Casa Ramona Academy, local residents and organizers from KaBOOM!.

The Smile Generation is committed to bringing smiles to people's faces so they partnered with KaBOOM! to create a place to play and a place to smile. Not only is the Smile Generation building a playground but they're also setting up a mobile clinic to provide free dentistry to the families of Casa Ramona Academy.

"Last year we had the opportunity to be a part of the 1,900th KaBOOM! build and it was an incredible event building a playground and serving the women and children of Colette's Children's Home. We had such a blast that we decided to do it again. We're thrilled to make an impact for the kids of Casa Ramona Academy," said We Serve Manager Kyle Guerin.

The new playground will provide more than 500 children in San Bernardino with a safe place to play. Currently, the playground equipment at Casa Ramona Academy is nearly 40 years old and will be replaced by the new playground. The playground's design is based on drawings submitted by children at a Design Day event held in September. Since then, a locally formed playground planning committee has worked closely with The Smile Generation and KaBOOM! to prepare for the build.

"The Board of Trustees of Casa Ramona Academy is honored and pleased to be the recipient of a playground donated by The Smile Generation with the assistance of KaBOOM!. The children of our Academy and community are grateful to the many who have contributed in making this playground a reality," said Judith Valles, Chairperson of the Casa Ramona Academy Charter School.

Currently, only 1-in-5 children in the U.S. live within walking distance of a park or playground, which has created a play deficit among children across the country. To address this play deficit, KaBOOM!, a Washington D.C. based non-profit, has directly led the building of more than 2,000 playgrounds with more than 1 million volunteers that serve more than 5.5 million children across North America since the organization was founded in 1996.

"We're excited to be working with an organization like The Smile Generation that is committed to addressing the play deficit among children and making children healthier," said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder and CEO and author of The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. "KaBOOM! believes every child deserves to have a great place to play and thanks to The Smile Generation's generosity, KaBOOM! will move one step closer to our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America by building a wonderful playground in San Bernardino."

Casa Ramona Academy
Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community and Education's vision is to "experience the dream" of the educated person for the 21st Century in the San Bernardino geographical area. Through our collective and individual efforts we see an end to the cycle of poverty and underachievement, with education that opens the doors to hope, opportunity and success for all that want to achieve it. We will "create the future" with a K-12 school that is seamlessly connected to the community from K-6, middle school, high school, to college and university for all learners. We will integrate academics with technology that is anchored in world class standards.

Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community and Education's mission is to break the cycle of poverty and underachievement in our area by creating a community of learners with 500 youth of poor and modest means in grades K-12 who will demonstrate English language development, academic and career, technical education concepts, and the knowledge, concepts, attitudes, and actions critical to achievement in the 21st Century.

The Smile Generation
Smile Generation is a referral service for best-in-class dentists committed to modern dentistry and patients' happiness. The Smile Generation connects patients with great dentists dedicated to delivering on the Right Fit promise: providing an exceptional patient experience and advanced clinical care. The Smile Generation family is made up of over 250 dental offices throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas. Smile Generation-approved offices are supported by Pacific Dental Services (PDS™). PDS™ is one of the country's leading dental service organizations, providing state-of-the-art business support services that allow dentists to concentrate on the highest levels of cost-effective patient care. http://www.smilegeneration.com

KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this Play Deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.kaboom.org.

For more information, contact:
Esther Estrada, Superintendent, CRA, 909-888-3132, allcasaramonasb(at)netzero(dot)com
Kyle Guerin, The Smile Generation, 714-508-3600, guerink(at)pacden(dot)com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, mvietti(at)kaboom(dot)org

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