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2002 - Iron Kids: A Playroom on the Rock

Iron Kids: A Playroom on the Rock

The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence - 2002

In a July 10, 2002, ceremony, the Army received three awards for $2,000 each for special projects in their communities.

This is the third year that Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times Media Group have jointly sponsored the program which seeks to reward ingenuity and innovation for volunteer organizations working to improve military quality of life. The challenge was straightforward: "Present an innovative plan to improve the quality of life for your military community and receive funding to carry out the plans."

Six judges, two from each of the sponsors, evaluated each entry based on the organization's creativity, innovation, and impact on their communities. To be eligible each organization had to certify that it was a private or nonprofit organization operating with authority of a military installation commander.

Iron Kids: A Playroom on the Rock

$2,000 Grant

Submitted by the Abumholder Community Spouses' Club of the 222nd Base Support Battalion, Baumholder, Germany, seeks to improve quality of life for pre-kindergartners, who lack a suitable indoor play area. The group has been offered space and plans to use the grant to obtain equipment for it. For further information, contact Debbie Hull at