School Grounds. Playgrounds. Common Ground.™ Aims to Bring Inclusive Playgrounds to Schools Throughout North America

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Landscape Structures Inc. and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation partner to provide $125,000 in inclusive playground equipment.

The school playground contest will help bring inclusive playgrounds to schools throughout North America.
This contest emphasizes the importance of expanding inclusivity to the playground.

Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, announced today that it has collaborated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF), the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas, to bring inclusive playgrounds to schools through an essay contest, School Grounds. Playgrounds. Common Ground.™

One grand prize of $50,000 in inclusive playground equipment will be awarded to a school in North America, while five runners up will each receive inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures valued at $15,000. The contest is open to practicing elementary and middle school principals, assistant principals and related educators that are legal residents of the U.S., District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Qualified contestants may enter the contest by completing an online entry form and submitting an original essay that describes their vision for creating an inclusive school playground. The contest begins March 21, 2012, and closes June 30, 2012. To find complete contest rules and an official entry form, visit playlsi.com/school-playground-contest.

“We are excited to partner with Landscape Structures and lead the initiative to incorporate inclusive playgrounds at schools,” said Ernest J. Mannino, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation. “Schools have long been focused on creating an inclusive learning environment inside the classroom, and this contest emphasizes the importance of expanding that inclusivity to the playground.”

“It is an honor to partner with NAESP’s Foundation to bring inclusive playgrounds to schools across North America,” said Pat Faust, president of Landscape Structures. “As a leader in inclusive play, Landscape Structures is committed to designing truly inclusive playgrounds that provide places where children of all abilities can play, learn and grow together. We share a joint commitment to enhancing the lives of children with inclusive play environments, and feel that School Grounds. Playgrounds. Common Ground. will help further this mission.”

About Landscape Structures Inc.
Since 1971, Landscape Structures Inc. has been the leading commercial play equipment manufacturer in the world. Our employee-owned company is committed to making the world a better place with active children thriving in leading communities year after year, generation after generation. We encourage outdoor play that develops healthy kids and a sustainable world by creating innovative products that are environmentally responsible. As a leader in inclusive play, Landscape Structures is committed to designing truly inclusive playgrounds that provide places where children of all abilities can play, learn and grow together. Our mission from day one has been to enhance children’s lives by fostering and creating inspiring play experiences while honoring the environment.

About NAESP Foundation
The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, founded in 1982, is operated as the tax-exempt , charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals – a professional association serving more than 23,000 administrators and other educators in the United States and overseas since 1921.

The NAESP Foundation advances excellence, innovation, and equity in schools by endowing leadership and learning for principals and the benefit of all children.

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