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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: October 30, 2009
1:05 p.m.

KIDS GET BRIGHTER via BULBS IN THE PLAYGROUND

Con Edison Helps Beautify Brooklyn

NEW YORK – Students from PS 394 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn are getting a hands-on approach to learning about the environment thanks to a $50,000 grant from Con Edison to the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) Playground Program. The funds cover the costs of designing the playground gardens, as part of the City's overall partnership with TPL to improve school playgrounds.

The nonprofit group recently assembled a diverse group of grade-school children to plant daffodils, hyacinths, and tulip bulbs as part of a school project. Along with PS 394 in Crown Heights, Con Edison’s support of TPL's Playgrounds Program is also being extended to four other New York City garden playgrounds, located at Brooklyn schools PS 97 and 205 in Bensonhurst, PS 226 in Borough Park, and in Queens at PS 79 in Whitestone.

TPL is a national, nonprofit land-conservation organization that creates and protects public open space and introduces outdoor environmental education to New York City children. TPL is working to transform vacant school lots into vibrant playgrounds and community parks as part of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030. The program will create more than 200 acres of safe, new parkland and provide neighborhood places for more than 380,000 children to play, exercise, and socialize with family and friends.

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