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Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Jenny Lind Elementary School. In just six hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, Jenny Lind Elementary School and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 1,300 children and their families in the local community for years to come. Foresters Financial also celebrated its 150th playground build with KaBOOM!.
"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. “We’ve had a special relationship with Jenny Lind Elementary for about five years now, and being able to celebrate this milestone here is exceptional.”
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in June 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 150 beautiful playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North America. 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.
“This playground will create an innovative space for children and families to engage in play together,” said Liz Corris, Assistant Principal, Jenny Lind Elementary School. “Our school community was deeply impacted by three high-profile and tragic events this past summer. We are deeply hopeful that this playground build will provide our community an opportunity to heal from these incidents by coming together for the purpose of creating a safe space for our children to play.”
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 Jenny Lind Elementary School
Jenny Lind Elementary School is a Minneapolis Public School located in the Lind-Bohanon neighborhood of North Minneapolis. We are a culturally rich community serving 450 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. Our staff create and nurture a supportive, student-centered learning community that promotes personal empowerment, academic growth and social emotional well-being for all.
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.
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
For more information:
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