Playground to enhance family well-being
MOUNT RAINIER, MD, June 30, 2012 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for
children in Mount Rainier as their drawings were turned into a new
playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built
with the help of more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, Thomas Stone Elementary School, Prince George's County Public Schools
and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve more than 11,000
children and their families in the community for years to come.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend
quality time together," said Kasia Czarski, Foresters Senior Vice
President, Chief Membership and Marketing Officer. "A playground is an
important piece for the revitalization of a community. Not only does it
provide a first step towards keeping children healthy, but it's a safe,
central location for the entire neighborhood to get together."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in April
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
"What an exciting opportunity for the Mount Rainer community," said
Board of Education Member Amber Waller. "The revitalization of the
Thomas Stone playground will provide a safe environment for our
students and families to spend quality time."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Thomas Stone Elementary School, Prince
George's County Public Schools and KaBOOM!, children and their families
now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes
features such as a Triple Racer Slide, a Rockblocks Climbing Wall and a
360 Degree Spiral Slide.
About Thomas Stone Elementary School
Here at Thomas Stone Elementary School, we believe that a strong
commitment to children is the key to helping students develop the
skills and knowledge they need to become productive citizens and
lifelong learners. Named after the Maryland Delegate who signed the
Declaration of Independence, Thomas Stone has a long history of
empowering its students to reach for their dreams. Our strong community
ties and emphases on art, dance, diversity, and academics makes Thomas
Stone feel not like a school, but like a family.
About Prince George's County Public Schools
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25
largest school districts, has 205 schools, approximately 125,000
students and nearly 18,000 employees. With an annual budget of $1.6
billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban,
suburban and rural communities. PGCPS is nationally recognized for its
innovative programs and initiatives, including the expansion of
Advanced Placement courses and partnerships with businesses and
institutions of higher learning.
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
almost 950,000 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.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. 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. To fight this play deficit,
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. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,000
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!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. 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 offices in
Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
For further information:
Kristan Hayes, Thomas Stone Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Jones, Foresters, 1-800-461-8431 x4096, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org