Child-Designed Playground will Eventually Serve 4,500 Children and their
ATLANTA, April 2 /CNW/ - Children in West Atlanta received a brand new
playground today thanks to the effort of more than 200 volunteers from
Foresters™, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families,
Water F. White Elementary, Atlanta Public Schools 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 February 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 Atlanta," said Kasia Czarski,
Foresters Chief Membership and Marketing Officer. "Playgrounds are an
ideal place for families to get to know other families and build strong
communities. This new playground at Walter F. White Elementary will
provide families opportunities to spend quality time together for years
Foresters has invested over $2 million with KaBOOM! to build 36
playgrounds across North America since 2006. These playgrounds will
eventually serve more than 535,000 children, providing them and their
families with a place where they can play, learn and have fun together.
The playground at Walter F. White Elementary will provide 4,500 children
and their families in the local 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, the school, Atlanta Public Schools and the
surrounding community. In addition, children and families spent the day
playing games and participating in arts and crafts activities.
"Walter F. White is a community school that believes in educating the
whole child," said principal Tamarah Larkin-Currie. "We have a very
strong focus here on healthy eating habits and being physically active.
The playground being built by Foresters and KaBOOM! will go a long way
towards promoting healthier lifestyles for our children and their
families, while also providing a safe place for the children of this
community to play. This playground will be a source of fun and physical
activity for years to come thanks to the efforts of Foresters, KaBOOM!
and the many volunteers who have come together to make this a success."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Walter F. White Elementary, Atlanta
Public Schools and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a
2,700 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such
as a Triple Racer Slide, Inclined Cliff Hanger and Rockblocks Climbing
About Walter F. White Elementary
Walter Francis White Elementary School is located in the Urban Villa
Community in northwest Atlanta. The school is named for Walter Francis
White, an African-American civil rights activist who led the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for almost a
quarter of a century and organized Atlanta's NAACP. Walter Francis
White Elementary School opened in 1966. We strive to provide every
possibility for maximum student achievement and to recognize and
stimulate special talents in all students.
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 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.
Foresters™ 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. Because all
children deserve to be active and healthy, KaBOOM! works to ensure that
every child in America has a great place to play within walking
distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build
model to bring together businesses and communities to construct more
than 1,900 new places to play across North America. KaBOOM! also fights
the Play Deficit with online tools that empower communities to join the
movement to save play. The KaBOOM! website, kaboom.org, allows communities to self-organize and take action to support play on
a both a local and national level.
For further information:
Tamarah Larkin-Currie, Walter F. White Elementary, 404-802-2950, 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