Foresters, KaBOOM! & Volunteers Revitalize Mississauga Community with New Playground

Playground to enhance family well-being

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 13, 2013 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for children in Mississauga as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at Munden Park Public School with the help of more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, the Peel District School Board, the school and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new public playground will serve more than 26,000 children and their families in the community for years to come.

"Foresters cares about the well-being of families," said Sharon Giffen, President & CEO, Foresters Canada. "Playgrounds are important to neighbourhoods, providing an open space where families spend quality time together and where children can connect with each other and their community. We believe that an investment in a playground is an investment in family well-being, and we are happy to provide the Munden Park community with a place to play that can be enjoyed for years to come."

Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in May when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to create the final playground design.

Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with almost 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission.

"The Munden Park students and community are going to benefit tremendously from the new playground," said Julie Darroch, Munden Park Public School Principal. "The playground will also greatly contribute to supporting the physical, social and emotional growth of our students."

Thanks to the work of Foresters, Munden Park Public School, the Peel District School Board and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as a Slither Slide, a Rockblocks Climbing Wall and a Superdome Climber.

A passionate advocate for family well-being, Foresters recently launched the Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge to turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week.  For more details, visit techtimeout.com.

About Munden Park Public School/Peel District School Board
Munden Park Public School is a kindergarten to grade 5 elementary school located in the Mississauga south community, serving a dynamic and multicultural community. Munden Park welcome students and their families from a wide range of countries throughout the world and boast students who represent a multitude of cultures while speaking numerous, diverse languages. For more information, visit http://schools.peelschools.org/1361/Pages/default.asp.

The Peel District School Board is one of Canada's largest public school boards serving 240 schools. Their mission is to inspire success, confidence and hope in their students.  As a public education Board, they support their students to achieve success, with a code of conduct that is grounded in the character attributes of caring, inclusive, cooperative, honest, respectful and responsible.

About Foresters
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference.  The fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with over one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit foresters.com.

Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.

Tech Timeout and the Tech Timeout logo are trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

SOURCE: Foresters

For further information:

Contact:
Anthony Edwards, Peel District School Board, 905-366-8800 ext. 1222, keith.edwards@peelsb.com
Teresa Pavlin, Foresters, 800-461-8431, ext. 4763, tpavlin@foresters.com
Alyssa Ross, KaBOOM!, 202-464-6162, aross@kaboom.org

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