Ralph Wilson Foundation

KaBOOM!

Kids in Western New York will soon have some really unusual outdoor play areas. They come from the latest installment of cash from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, through KaBOOM! - a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids have a childhood filled with balanced and active play.

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On Sept. 20, workers will start putting up a playground in Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Buffalo's East Side. On Tuesday, kids were asked for their ideas on what the park should look like.


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Teens from across Western New York and Southeast Michigan are being asked to offer their opinions. The Ralph Wilson, Jr. Foundation is working to gather 20,000 teen responses. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with a couple of Niagara Falls City High School students who are participating in the "Teen Opinions Count".  

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Explore & More, the new children's museum coming to Canalside, hasn't yet reached its fundraising goal of $29 million. With a full opening just six months away, museum officials say they have plans to help close that gap.


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Buffalo Public Schools are moving forward on efforts to improve sports in the school system, especially trying to make sure student athletes have the grades and game performance to be open to college scholarships.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's ambitious fundraising campaign to support its expansion plan got a financial boost Wednesday morning, when they officially announced a gift from the foundation named for the late founder and original owner of the Buffalo Bills.

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The treatment and research of sports-related injuries in the Buffalo community has received a boost. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation has delivered a four million dollar gift to the University at Buffalo's Sports Medicine Department. 

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For many struggling school kids in Buffalo, it's likely their after-school help will come from programs like Say Yes to Education, Catholic Charities or the United Way.