March 5th, 2012

Coke-built playgrounds stirs obesity debate

By Julie Deardorff and Chicago Tribune
Washington Post

For several years, the kids at Howe Elementary School of Excellence in Chicago had no place to play at recess. The school’s playground had been torn down because it was unsafe.

Then last year, the school received $25,000 from Coca-Cola’s Sprite Spark Parks program to build a new playground. The students wrote thank-you notes to Coca-Cola and as homework came up with resolutions to be more healthful.

School officials say the playground was important for the kids. “It’s all about their desire and need to play,” said assistant principal Daphne Sherrod.

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