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Once Upon a Play Time

Once upon a time, a boy lived in a house at the end of a road. The house was surrounded by fields. The boy rode his

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Rethinking Ways to Get Kids Active

 

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Obesity is one of the most significant public health problems confronting society today.  One in three American children is overweight or obese. They are …

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Are parks important places?

Last week, Barbara Tulipane, CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association, said in an email:

“Parks are often the first to be cut when state and local politicians are faced …

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Can a small playground encourage inclusive play?

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Almost every inclusive playground I have ever seen is huge.  The new playground in Auburn, Wash. is 32,000 square feet and cost more than $300,000.    …

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Haiti: Day 5

By Julie Rearick

The ribbon-cutting is today at 10:00 am, but we left at our normal time of 7 a.m., so we could decorate the playground with balloons and ribbons.  Families stood …

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Haiti: Day 4

By Julie Rearick

We left the hotel at our usual time of 7:00 a.m. knowing we had two things to get done today: anchor the playground and haul gravel for surfacing.  We …

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Haiti: Day 3

By Julie Rearick

Today was a day of significant accomplishments, with the team digging more than 50 holes.

We mixed and poured concrete assembly-style like my good friends at KaBOOM!  Our playground …

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First Days in Haiti

Day one:  The only way to describe my first day in Carrefour is pure disbelief.    From the moment I stepped off the plane, everything changed.  The airport was chaotic and it …

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