Child-Designed Playground will Eventually Serve 2,500 Children and their
MONTREAL, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - St. Dorothy Elementary School received a brand
new playground today thanks to the effort of more than 200 volunteers
from Foresters™, the English Montreal School Board and non-profit
KaBOOM! The new playground will eventually serve 2,500 children and
their families in the Montreal community for years to come.
"Foresters and Unity Life, a Foresters company, are committed to
creating opportunities for families where they can spend quality family
time together." said Alain Legault, Sales Director, Quebec and Eastern
Canada with Unity Life. "Foresters is more than a life insurance
provider. Foresters champions the well being of families by investing
in its members and communities where they live, like the Montreal St.
Dorothy playground we all built here together."
Foresters, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of
families, is funding 20 playground builds across North America in
2010.By investing $1.5 million in these projects, Foresters is
partnering with KaBOOM! to build playgrounds that will eventually serve
more than 250,000 children and their families.
The playground at St. Dorothy will provide nearly 200 children and their
families in the Montreal community with a great place to play every
year. In less than eight hours, the child-designed playground was built
from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from Foresters, the English
Montreal School Board and the surrounding community. In addition,
children and families spent the day playing games and participating in
arts and crafts activities. Playgrounds are an ideal place for families
to get to know other families and build strong communities.
"The children will be in such awe," said Rosetta Perri, principal of St.
Dorothy School. "They will be thrilled with it. The playground is meant
for our community, it will be something colorful, exciting and
hopefully attract children from all over to come and play together."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, the English Montreal School Board and
KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,632 square-foot
playground to call home that includes features such as a Geo Climber,
Rockblocks Climber and Spiral Slide.
About English Montreal School Board/St. Dorothy Elementary
St. Dorothy Elementary School is situated in the Saint-Michel district
of Montreal. It can be found on 6th Avenue between Legendre and Emile Journeault, and is easily accessible
via the #67 bus from Saint-Michel Metro. St. Dorothy Elementary School
fosters a harmonious environment in which students grow in mind, body
and spirit. Students are encouraged to become responsible, productive,
effective learners who develop the self-esteem, self-discipline and
knowledge to become contributing citizens in our society. The two goals
guiding our mission are academic perseverance and educational success
for all. St. Dorothy offers a Bilingual French program from
Kindergarten through to Grade 6, which includes up to 50 percent French
instruction. It also offers a free full-day English Pre-Kindergarten
Program. The school has an innovative Information and Communication
Technologies Program, a Sports and Music focus and several free
extra-curricular activities and educational programs, including:
lunchtime sports, chess, choir, robotics, field trips, P.E.L.O.,
homework assistance and a snack/milk program.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit
organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the
company is focused on giving every child in America a great place to
play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its
innovative community-build model to bring together business and
community interests to construct more than 1,800 new playgrounds, skate
parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also
offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free
online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National
Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers - a
national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has
offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, Foresters™ champions the
well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member
benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its
financial strength with more than 675,000 members in the United States,
Canada and the United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada‡ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters. For more information, please
Foresters™ is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a
fraternal benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.
‡ Unity Life of Canada, a Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary
of The Independent Order of Foresters
For further information:
Nadia Fiore, Foresters, 1-800-461-8431 x4763, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 202-464-6076, email@example.com