150 Volunteers Join Forces to Bring More Play to Paterson, NJ

PS#29, NJCDC and Alexandra’s Playground Build a New Playground for Paterson School >Saturday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHAT:

More than 150 volunteers from Alexandra’s Playground PS#29, the New Jersey Community Development Corporation and Paterson residents will join forces on Saturday, October 24th to build a new playground for PS#29 elementary school students in Paterson, NJ. The new playground will feature state-of-the-art playground equipment developed by Kompan that will motivate active and imaginative play including climbing, balancing and spinning activities. Volunteers will also enhance the school yard with benches and a community garden.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 24

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. to 9:45a.m

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(Times approximate)

Registration

Kick-Off

Best viewing of playground construction

Ribbon-cutting ceremony

WHERE:

PS#29

88 Danforth Avenue

Paterson, NJ

WHO:

125 Adults plus children volunteers

WHY:

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Alexandra’s Playground was founded on the principle that active play leads to the nurturing of the spirit, and by extension, to the nurturing of young bodies and minds. Alexandra’s Playground works to bring the gift of play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.

The new playground will bring play to the 300+ students of PS#29. The playground will remain open to the community out of school hours, offering a safe play space to more than 300 families in the neighboring community By providing children with a pleasant, safe and fun environment, we can stimulate their minds and allow for cognitive development. A community playground will also provide families with the opportunity to play with and get to know other families in the neighborhood.

VISUALS:

Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Volunteers moving wood chips by wheelbarrow and raking by hand

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground

Alexandra’s Playground

Alexandra’s Playground: Alexandra’s Playground was founded in 2009 to honor the memory of Alexandra Vitale. A NY registered charity and 501c3, Alexandra’s Playground was founded on the principle that active play leads to the nurturing of the spirit, and by extension, to the nurturing of young bodies and minds. Our mission is to improve the lives of children through promoting safe and healthy play throughout childhood. We do this by raising awareness about the importance of childhood play, creating opportunities for children to be physically active and socially interactive, and creating programs that help to promote safe and healthy play. To date, we have either fully or partially funded fourteen playgrounds in the US, three in Haiti and one in Afghanistan. We have also produced a free video on the detection and treatment of concussions in kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ2LmEYB_JQ

New Jersey Community Development Corporation

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) is dedicated to creating opportunities to transform lives within the Great Falls Neighborhood of Paterson, NJ. NJCDC is a private, non-profit community development and social service agency focusing on early childhood & youth development, education, affordable& supportive housing, and community revitalization. Founded in 1994, NJCDC serves over 2,000 children, teens and families daily, and strives to fulfill its vision that all 8,000 children living in the Great Falls neighborhood will reach adulthood college and career ready.

CONTACT:
Alexandra’s Playground: Tricia Heywood, 646-318-7490,
NJCDC: Eddie Gonzalez, 862-571-3444,

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