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"Play. That's the best way kids learn -- doing something they enjoy." Trish Thomas, America's Most Playful Family Contest winner
KaBOOM! alumni are individuals and organizations who have completed playspace builds in their communities. KaBOOM! alumni can share their stories and ideas with each other, be eligible for exclusive incentives and grants, and receive helpful information to keep the momentum going after Build Day! If you've built a playspace, join the KaBOOM! Alumni Facebook group today!
Even if you feel like you've tapped your resources dry to pull together your build, right now is the best time to start rallying your community for 'what's next'! Here are some ideas to get you started:
We will continue to add to this list of ideas, but if you have one of your own, let us know!
James Morgan, vice principal at West Hancock Elementary School of Picayune, Miss., helped to bring his community together to build a playground in November of 2008. Soon after, he secured an outdoor workout center for the students to use during PE class.
Determined to get adults moving and exercising, too, James then used his "solicitation skills" he honed during the playground project to start emailing and calling to get adult workout equipment donated to the school. Now the West Hancock staff has a full workout room filled with modern weight and cardio equipment! Teachers are using the equipment regularly and have created their own version of the "Bigger Loser" as a healthy competition. This movement is also getting everyone to eat healthier. The school has recently applied for a grant to get water and fruit for the students to eat throughout the day as healthy snacks.
James noticed another need for his school beyond the playground, and has started a healthy living movement! You can do the same in your community by using all the skills and resources you gained from your playspace project.