By: Patricia Pete
Poster: Anne Passchier
The Visible Men Academy
The Visible Men Academy, located in Manatee County, is a charter school aiming for excellence from its students, geared toward elementary and middle school aged boys. Striving for community consciousness and global awareness, this charter school is preparing their students to further their educational growth and ultimately prepare them for pursuit of a college education.
The founders of this program all come from diverse backgrounds ranging from education to security all with the dream of helping young boys to become the next leaders of their generation. With this charter program, that goal is very real. It is also the goal of the founders and faculty to be able to offer these boys everything they need to further advance their education, not just academically, but socially as well.
KaBoom! has partnered with Dr. Pepper and Snapple offering $15,000 grants to qualifying US-based organizations for the purchase of playground equipment. With the line of, ‘It starts with a playground,’ the mission of the organization is to ensure that as many children as possible have the opportunity to have a playground within close walking distance so as to bring fun back to childhood.
Children Served: 6,667,644
Volunteers Engaged: 1,137,935
Playgrounds Built/Opened or Improved: 15,414
Visible Men Academy and KaBoom Join Forces
This is where our help comes in. Visible Men Academy (VMA) now has the equipment needed to build this playground for its students, what they currently need the community’s help with is putting together the playground so that their students will have the same opportunities we had on playgrounds as children. The faculty work hard to ensure the future of these boys and want to be able to accomplish one more thing for the sake of education.
On October 19th and October 20th, volunteers are asked to gather at VMA to help build the dream playground of the boys, which was designed by the boys themselves. This playground would complete their outdoor learning area that includes classrooms under the trees, a garden and nature stations.
To sign up for this project, email Heather Kushner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Visible Men Academy, please visit their website: http://vmacademy.org
To learn more about KaBoom!, please visit their website: http://kaboom.org
The More You Know
Did you know that physical activities help to refine motor skills and body awareness? This is one of many reasons that it is important, for children especially, to become and remain physically active.
Also, playing in a community area helps with the development and growth of that particular community. Being able to communicate and connect to the other community members give children the opportunity to grow, learn, create and socialize.
Facing pressure to deliver results in the form of academic assessments, schools have been cutting down on time children spend at recess.
Children today are spending twice as much time in front of the computer or television screen than in years past.
Physical activity is important not only to children, but to adults too. It helps to stimulate the brain and body while also ensuring physical health. More information can be found on the following websites:
Active Living Research: http://activelivingresearch.org
America On Then Move: https://aom3.americaonthemove.org
American Journal Of Place: http://www.journalofplay.org
Get Active Today: http://www.getactivetoday.com/national/
**And many, many more.