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Bank donates $10,000 to build local school playground

Wednesday, September 14, 2011880 views

Back to school includes spending time outside to play for some local West Valley children.

With the help of a $10,000 donation from Bank of American Fork, local charter school American Preparatory Academy was able to construct its first playground on school grounds after two years of holding classes without one on campus.

“This was a very sizeable donation,” American Preparatory Academy Chairman and Utah Banker’s Association President Howard Headlee said. “Bank of American Fork stepped right up to the plate and demonstrated its commitment to support Utah’s communities. With this new playground, our school now feels complete. We couldn’t have done it without Bank of American Fork’s help.”

The playground was ready for students just in time for the beginning of the school year on Aug. 29.

The playground equipment cost about $40,000 to install. The remaining portion of the funding for construction came from a $30,000 federal grant.

The new playground has a slide, monkey bars and a teeter totter for the children to play on.

American Preparatory Academy is located at 1255 West Crystal Ave. (2590 South). The school is a state-funded charter school that offers traditional school subjects such as math, reading and science with additional character-based education classes built into the curriculum.

Because American Preparatory Academy is a public charter school that receives state education money there is no cost passed along to students’ families for tuition.

Bank of American Fork Public Relations Manager Emily Haleck said the bank wanted to get involved with the playground project to serve the community at large, but also because it would help to provide another resource to the many refugee and immigrant students enrolled at the school.

“We thought it was an important project to get involved with,” Haleck said.

In an official press release regarding the donation, Bank of American Fork President and CEO Richard Beard said, “We feel it’s our obligation to give back to the communities that put their trust in us. We’re pleased that we were able to give back to the students at American Preparatory Academy.”

The school is one of two American Preparatory academies in West Valley. A second location lies at the corner of 3100 South and Bangerter Highway.


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