Child-Designed Playground will Eventually Serve 4,500 Children and their
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Children in New Brunswick
received a brand new playground today thanks to the effort of more than
400 volunteers from ForestersTM, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families,
Greater Brunswick Charter School and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new
playground will serve 4,500 children and their families in the local
community for years to come. Planning for the playground began at a
Design Day event held in March 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.
"Foresters shares its financial strength with its members and
communities where they live, such as New Brunswick," said Chris
Pinkerton, Foresters President, U.S. Division; President & CEO, First
Investors. "Playgrounds are an ideal place for families to get to know
other families and build strong communities. This new playground at
Greater Brunswick Charter School will provide opportunities families to
spend quality time together for years to come."
Foresters has invested over $3 million with KaBOOM! to build 36
playgrounds across North America since 2006. These playgrounds will
eventually serve more than 575,000 children, providing them and their
families with a place where they can play, learn and have fun together.
The playground at Greater Brunswick Charter School will provide 4,500
children and their families in the New Brunswick community with a great
place to play and engage in healthy family time. In less than eight
hours, the child-designed playground was built from scratch by hundreds
of volunteers from Foresters, Greater Brunswick Charter School and the
surrounding community. In addition, children and families spent the day
playing games and participating in arts and crafts activities.
"The entire Greater Brunswick Charter School family and surrounding
community are incredibly grateful for the gift of this beautiful new
playground," said Lisa Porricelli, Grade 4/5 Teacher at Greater
Brunswick Charter School. "Our children now have a place to climb,
swing and play that is fun and safe and our community has a wonderful
space to gather together for outdoor family activities. We're grateful
to Foresters and KaBOOM! for making it all possible!"
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Greater Brunswick Charter School and
KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot
playground to call home that includes features such as a 360 Degree
Spiral Slide, a Slither Slide and Swings.
About Greater Brunswick Charter School
Greater Brunswick Charter School is a free, independent K-8 public
charter school established in 1998. Our school membership reflects the
wonderful diversity of the greater New Brunswick area, with families
coming from a wide variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds. We seek
to educate the whole child as we pursue our vision to be a
community-oriented public school where students demonstrate
independence and self direction, confidence, strong academic and social
skills, a passion for learning, and a responsibility to their
education, school, families and community.
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, ForestersTM 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 835,000ˆ members in the
United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada‡, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters, represents Foresters in
Canada. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.
ForestersTM is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal
benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.
ˆIncludes total number of UK Child Trust accounts
‡ Unity Life of Canada, a Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary
of The Independent Order of Foresters
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! 15 years
ago 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 85,000 places to play, built almost 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:
Michelle Yanche, Greater Brunswick Charter School, 917-576-9267, 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