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The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! Encourage Healthy, Active Kids on Feed Virginia Day of Action
Partners fight hunger and unveiled new Imagination Playground at General Stanford Elementary School

(10/04/2017) - Governor Terry McAuliffe and volunteers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis joined The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! on Friday, September 29, 2017 to fight hunger and encourage healthy, active kids during the first Feed Virginia Day of Action, an initiative of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Congressman Bobby Scott, Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, Commanding General for the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, and executives from The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! also participated in the festivities to expand food access and creative play.

The event, one of over 250 across the state, took place at General Stanford Elementary School located on Fort Eustis. Volunteers and students started the day by stuffing weekend meal bags, which will be discretely placed in the backpacks of students throughout Newport News who might otherwise go hungry over weekends and on school breaks.

"Virginia has an abundance of agricultural resources but nutritious, affordable food is still out of reach for far too many families," said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. "I am pleased to partner with so many incredible organizations and volunteers in our efforts to strengthen Virginia's food system. The engagement of groups across Virginia, from schools to farms to food banks, shows the impact and importance of this issue in every corner of the Commonwealth. Through the Feed Virginia Day of Action, we will be able to accelerate our work of bridging the nutritional divide and together advance the work of building a food system that works for all Virginians."

"It's an honor to be part of the first Feed Virginia Day of Action," said Craig Cronheim, president of The CarMax Foundation. "Our associates are passionate about supporting military families, as well as ensuring kids have a safe place to play, so this is a great fit for us."

The morning continued, to the delight of 180 General Stanford students, with the unveiling of a new Imagination Playground, a collection of oversized and uniquely-shaped blue foam blocks that allows kids to engage in active, imaginative play. Donated by The CarMax Foundation, the Imagination Playground allows the military-connected students at General Stanford Elementary School to have the power to design their own course of play. Following the debut of the playground, dozens of surprised students had the opportunity to try the new equipment during a fun, interactive playdate.

The project is in partnership with The CarMax Foundation, Military Child Education Coalition, Newport News Public Schools, The Virginia Peninsula Food Bank and KaBOOM!. The CarMax Foundation is a longtime national partner with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids a fun childhood through great, safe places to play. The partners have been working together to make play more accessible to military families and children of veterans.

About the Feed Virginia Day of Action

Logo: Virginia.govThe Feed Virginia Day of Action is an initiative of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. The Day of Action is an opportunity for all Virginians to join the fight against hunger by volunteering with local organizations and supporting the Council's work to improve food access and strengthen connections throughout the food system. Over 250 events will be hosted by food banks, schools, farms, nonprofits, and others, and will feature a variety of activities, from packing weekend food backpacks for kids, to gleaning excess crops for donation.

About General Stanford Elementary School Logo: General Stanford Elementary School

General Stanford Elementary School serves 451 military-connected students in kindergarten through fifth-grade. The Newport News public school was built on Fort Eustis through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense. General Stanford students grow and develop while receiving instruction in English, math, science and history/social science, as well as technology, art, music, and health and physical education. All students model the school motto: We are great leaders today, becoming world leaders tomorrow. The school is named in honor of Major General John Henry Stanford, a highly decorated leader in the Transportation Corps, who served two tours at Fort Eustis.

About the CarMax Foundation Logo: Carmax Cares

The CarMax Foundation is designed to enrich the communities where our associates live and work and has donated more than $40 million since 2003. Funding programs are made available through a portion of CarMax, Inc.'s pre-tax profits. CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 13 consecutive years, is the nation's largest retailer of used vehicles. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of used vehicles, and superior customer service. At CarMax, we'll buy your car even if you don't buy ours®. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

About KaBOOM! Logo: Kaboom!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids - particularly those growing up in poverty in America - the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom .

Daily Press: McAuliffe, students kick off Feed Virginia Day of Action at General Stanford

Governor Terry McAuliffe addressed students during the Feed Virginia Day of Action and Healthy Child Event at General Stanford Elementary School.
Governor Terry McAuliffe addressed students during the Feed Virginia Day of Action and Healthy Child Event at General Stanford Elementary School.

Volunteers from CarMax and the military joined General Stanford Elementary School students to stuff weekend meal bags.
Volunteers from CarMax and the military joined General Stanford Elementary School students to stuff weekend meal bags.

Thanks to a generous donation from CarMax, General Stanford Elementary School students have an Imagination Playground from KaBOOM!
Thanks to a generous donation from CarMax, General Stanford Elementary School students have an Imagination Playground from KaBOOM!

Kids playing on Imagination Playground