Playground to enhance family well-being
CHARLOTTE, NC, June 1, 2013 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for
children in Charlotte 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, Lakewood Preschool Cooperative and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new
playground will serve 3,000 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
"It is such a privilege to have Foresters and KaBOOM! support us with a
state of the art playground for our students and our community," said
Courtney Alexander, Lakewood Preschool Cooperative Executive Director.
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Lakewood Preschool Cooperative and
KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 4,200 square-foot
playground to call home that includes features such as the Rock
Climber, Double-sided Slide with Climbing Structure and a Balance Beam.
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 Lakewood Preschool Cooperative
Lakewood Preschool Cooperative (LPC) is a tuition-free,
neighborhood-based preschool and family support program serving 30+
students and their caregivers annually in Charlotte's Lakewood
Community. LPC is a five-star preschool designed as a cooperative
effort among family members, staff, neighbors and volunteers. LPC is a
tuition-free program. In exchange for access to exceptional preschool
for their children, caregivers agree to assist in the classroom and
attend weekly education and support sessions. The preschool's vision is
for all children to enter school ready to learn emotionally,
cognitively, socially, and physically, and for families to be prepared
to help their children achieve success in school and life. LPC was
established as a 501(c)3 in 1995 in response to the needs of children
and families living in the Lakewood community. Education advocate
Claire Tate worked with First Presbyterian Church to secure Smart Start
funding to seed the preschool. Through an in-kind contribution of
design services by FWA Group and construction services by Charlotte
Habitat for Humanity, LPC's current facility opened in May 1997 serving
two classrooms of children representing a wide spectrum of cultures,
many from within the Lakewood community. In the years since, hundreds
of individuals, local businesses, churches and foundations have donated
funding, materials and time to make LPC one of the top preschools in
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
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 2,200
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,
For further information:
Courtney Alexander or Margaret Porter, Lakewood Preschool Cooperative, 704-391-0600, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Ganogiannis, Foresters, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org