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Maryland, U.S.A. — A dream is now a reality for children in Mount Rainier, Maryland, as their drawings were turned into a new playground on June 30th. In less than eight hours, the play space was built with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters, 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 its mission.
“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.