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Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! Partner to Increase Play Opportunities for Edmonton Kids - Community Volunteers Build State-of-the-art Playground in Six Hours at Clara Tyner School

  • Jul 28, 2018

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Clara Tyner School. In just six hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, Clara Tyner School and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 1,800 children and their families in the local community for years to come.

"For over 140 years Foresters Financial has focused on our Purpose, which is to help families and strengthen communities," said Jim Boyle, President and CEO, Foresters Financial. "In 2018 we are excited to complete our 150th playground build with KaBOOM!. This partnership creates safe play areas where families can spend quality time together while developing young bodies and minds. We know the Edmonton community will use this playground for many years to come."

The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in July when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.

Since 2006, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have built over 145 beautiful playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North America and by the end of 2018, Foresters Financial will have funded more than 150 playgrounds. Thanks to the hard work of over 9,900 Foresters members, sales partners and guests for the last eleven years, we are positively impacting the lives of more than 5 million children by providing them with access to play. Through each new playground, families are better able to spend quality time together right in their own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community partners.

"We're very grateful to Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! for their commitment to children and the community," said Joy Stevens, Clara Tyner playground committee coordinator. "We couldn't have done this without everyone's support. Thank you to all the volunteers who have generously donated their time to make this a reality. The new playground will be a place for students and children in the community to build friendships, play outside and make memories."

Play is the business of childhood and is essential to the physical, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development of every kid. It’s how kids build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make friends and build strong bonds with adults. Play is critical to a kid’s ability to thrive.

Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balance and active play they need to thrive.

About Clara Tyner School
At Clara Tyner School, we know that success is best achieved through supportive relationships and authentic partnerships among staff, parents/guardians, students and the community. We believe that the purpose of education is to produce citizens who strive for personal academic excellence and who contribute to the well-being and growth of themselves, their peers and the community.

About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $45.1 billion1. With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit foresters.com.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids

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For more information:

Greg Hubert
Foresters Financial
416-429-3000 Ext: 4044
ghubert@foresters.com

414828E CAN/US (03/18)

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