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Pinedale Elementary wins $25K playground from Sprite

Hundreds of students and local residents joined Pinedale Elementary staff, Coca-Cola employees, Jacksonville Education Commissioner Dr. Donnie Horner, and other Jacksonville education and government leaders to celebrate the refresh of the playground at Pinedale Elementary, the winners of a $25,000 playground through the Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools sweepstakes.

The event included a “demolition” of the original wooden playground, which no longer met school district recreation safety standards, and activities with Pinedale students.

“This is an A-Park for an A-School, and what a great investment in our children,” said Dr. Donnie Horner, City of Jacksonville Education Commissioner. “This is a perfect illustration of how a private venture is doing a public good. It’s the essence of the public-private partnerships that continue to improve the quality of education in our city. This is a big, big deal.”

The play area, when completed in the weeks to come, will be large enough to accommodate 56 students at a time. It will feature a slide, monkey bars, ladders, climbing pole and other kid-friendly elements. It comes as the school continues to celebrate its recent achievement of an A grade from the state, up from an F.

“This is a wonderful gift for our students, who have studied so diligently, and for our teachers, whose focus and motivation helped make us an A-rated school,” said Pinedale Elementary School Principal Alicia Hinson. “With this playground, our students can keep their bodies just as healthy and strong as their minds. Thanks Sprite for bringing us this beautiful playground.”

Through the Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools sweepstakes, 25 schools across the country are receiving grants of $25,000 to liven up areas on their campuses where students can play, stay fit and be refreshed. Now through Sept. 30, consumers can visit and submit My Coke Rewards codes found on specially marked Sprite packaging to give the school of their choice a free sweepstakes entry. They can also donate My Coke Rewards points for additional sweepstakes entries.

Simply enjoy your Sprite and type in the My Coke Rewards code found on the side of specially marked Sprite packaging to Participating in the Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools is an easy and inexpensive way for consumers to give back to schools.

Working with teens and parents in 2011, the Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools will put approximately $2 million into revamping outdoor spaces in at least 150 parks.

For more information about this program, please visit

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