As we enter the holidays, it’s a great feeling to know so many more children will be celebrating the new year with play.
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 29, 2016
After recently breaking records for helping schools bring creative block play to their children, Imagination Playground announced today an additional 45 schools will benefit this month through their Gift of Play program. That brings the total number of schools helped in so far in 2016 to 497.
“As we enter the holidays, it’s a great feeling to know so many more children will be celebrating the new year with play,” said Dave Krishock, Imagination Playground President and CEO.
Gift of Play is a gift from Imagination Playground translating into 20% off their Big Blue Blocks. Imagination Playground launched the program based on feedback from countless schools that value child-directed, open-ended play, but are unable to offer it due to financial limitations.
For Imagination Playground, helping schools is essential for them to achieve their 2016 mission of bringing creative play to 3 million more children. So far this year, 2,794,833 children have already been reached—93% of their goal.
Rafer Nelsen, a Seattle parent who recently took advantage of Gift of Play on behalf of his son’s school, Adams Elementary, explained how the gift made the difference in being able to purchase.
“There just isn’t enough public funding,” said Rafer. “PTAs try to fill in where they can, but without the Gift of Play, the blocks would still have been out of reach.”
On why he advocated to bring an Imagination Playground to Adams, Rafer said he was inspired by a conversation with an educator from a local, play-based preschool. “It really got me thinking about trusting kids to direct their own play,” he said. “And, my son really likes to build things!” he added.
Schools (and Family Centers) interested in learning more about Imagination Playground and Gift of Play are encouraged to call 1-678-604-7466, email ContactUs(at)ImaginationPlayground(dot)org or visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com/promotions/gift-of-play.html
About Imagination Playground, LLC
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. The kind of play that experts say is critical to children’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Created by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground finds its home in daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, children’s museums—and science, nature, discovery centers, camps, community centers, children’s hospitals, hotels, public parks and more—in North America and over 60 countries overseas. For more information, visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com