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Kokomo-Howard County Public Library – the latest Vote for Play awardee!

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October 5, 2016 in Block Play, Featured Posts

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Hooray for Play! Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is the latest recipient of Imagination Playground’s Vote for Play award! Serving eight townships in Howard County, Indiana, KHCPL will receive a 105-piece Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set and Play Associate training, valued in total at $7500.

Upon learning the news that their library had been awarded an Imagination Playground, Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement shared, ”When we got the call that we’d won, our staff was literally squealing, shouting for joy, dancing, and jumping up and down – not everyday occurrences in a library.”

KHCPL is the first library ever to receive the Vote for Play award, offered by Imagination Playground several times each year to the school or family center that receives the most community votes. They join a growing population of libraries now offering creative play with Imagination Playground, as more and more incorporate hands-on, STEM, and makerspace activities into their scheduling.

“We love that it has loose parts that encourage children to create a play space of their own,” said Fipps.

In addition to being part of regularly scheduled library activities, KHCPL will showcase their new Imagination Playground in an upcoming 3-month interactive exhibit they will host in partnership with the American Library Association—Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference.

“KHCPL was one of only eight libraries in the nation to receive the Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference exhibit. It’ll be from February 25 to May 19. With the block set, we can let the kids do some engineering of their own!”

Fipps also had positive comments about how Imagination Playground is manufactured and the materials used.

“As a town with a lot of union workers, we were thrilled to find out that the product is made in the USA. Since we recycle and just finished a yearlong project to educate the community about the importance of saving pollinators, we care about the environment, so it was a big plus for us to see that the product is biodegradable and recyclable once it has served our patrons for many years.”

She concluded by saying, “We are truly grateful to our patrons and the citizens of Kokomo and Howard County who voted for us. We also thank all of our staff members for voting and spreading the word. KHCPL didn’t win this; everyone did!”

David Krishock, President & CEO of Imagination Playground, offered his congratulations to KHCPL, saying, “It thrills us beyond words that we could help children from eight different townships in Indiana get free access to creative play through their local library. Many thanks to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and their supportive community for their outstanding effort. Hooray for play!”

He went on to add, “Even though current Vote for Play session has ended, we’ll be reaching even more children through future contests, so stay tuned!”

Imagination Playground’s Vote for Play program allows communities to vote for their favorite school or family center to bring an Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set to the children they serve. Voting sessions run multiple times throughout the year. KHCPL is the third organization to receive the award in 2016; Finn Academy of Elmira, NY and River Oaks Elementary School of Gulfport, MS were awarded playgrounds earlier this year. Since the inception of Vote for Play, over 30,000 communities have entered the contest.

The next Vote for Play session begins on October 10, 2016. Schools and family centers interested in participating in the next Vote for Play session should check Imagination Playground’s Vote for Play web page, and follow Imagination Playground on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.imaginationplayground.com/promotions/thank-you-for-voting.html
https://www.facebook.com/ImaginationPlayground/
https://twitter.com/ImgPlayground

To learn more about the creative play offered by Imagination Playground, or to bring the Big Blue Blocks to a school or family center, call 1-678-604-7466 or email ContactUs(at)ImaginationPlayground(dot)org.

Community Fundraising Success Story: Cache Primary School Special Ed

This community fundraising success story really makes us smile! :) A mom in Oklahoma wanted a set of Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks for her young son’s Special Ed kindergarten program at Cache Primary School. She took her story to an online crowdfunding platform, rallied her community, and the school wound up reaching its goals! We’ve pasted her story here, or you can visit it on GoFundMe.com. Learn how to launch your own fundraising success story with our free guide.

“Our son Wyatt was born with a very large, rare brain tumor called a Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma. It was found and removed when he was just 4 months old.

He is now almost 6 and amazes everyone with what he has accomplished! He is currently in the Special Ed Kindergarten at Cache Primary School in Cache, OK.

This spring, he participated in the Special Olympics at Fort Sill. The younger athletes spent the day in a gym doing events and playing with volunteer Soldiers. One of the games was an area set up with the Imagination Playground blocks. This area was by far one of the more popular areas with the kids.

We are trying to raise enough money to buy a set of the Big Blue Blocks for Wyatt’s class. This year there are 8 boys in his class with all different abilities. But they are all still active little boys! These blocks would provide opportunities not only for them to play, but to be improving muscle tone, planning skills, and social interactions.”

 

Seven-Year-Old Wins Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon, Donates Prize to His School

Principal Chad Carr shakes Caden Yocom's hand during school celebratory assembly

Principal Chad Carr shakes Caden Yocom’s hand during school celebratory assembly

When 7-year-old Caden Yocom learned he was the Grand Prize winner in Imagination Playground’s 2015 Build-A-Thon contest, he knew he had a big decision to make. What should he do with his award of an Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set?

Last month, while on a school field trip to Columbus Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Caden announced his decision—He would donate the blocks to his classmates at Columbus Preparatory Academy.

COSI is one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States, and precisely where Caden created his winning Build-A-Thon build. That day, the school reported that Caden happily shared with his fellow students, “You are all getting a set of blocks of your own coming soon!”

In a recent school assembly, the Big Blue Blocks were unveiled, and Principal Chad Carr extolled the selflessness of Caden’s decision. After all, the principal explained, Caden could have kept them in his own back yard.  But that day, instead, the school was celebrating the newly delivered blocks, with which all of CPA’s students would soon be playing.

During the address, the K-8 Principal went on to thank Caden and Imagination Playground, noting that as a charter school, CPA often depended on fundraising and the generosity of its community. Also, the blocks would provide an opportunity for indoor play during the cold Ohio winters.

Upon learning of Caden’s decision to donate his prize, David Krishock, Imagination Playground President and CEO, shared his excitement and gratitude.

“Caden has shown a remarkable degree of generosity for a such a young man and we thank him,” he said. “We’re sure the teachers and parents of CPA are just as excited as we are, knowing that all of Caden’s classmates will benefit from creative play.”

“As the Grand Prize winner, Caden and his parents will also receive a trip to Imagination Playground Park in New York,” Mr. Krishock added. “I’m looking forward to watching him build when he arrives.”

Imagination Playground’s Build-A-Thon invites kids 2-10 to create with Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks, and submit images of their builds to win prizes.  In addition to competing with physical build entries, a digital prize category allows children to submit screen captures of builds they create with Imagination Playground’s 3D Builder App. The Grand Prize winner receives a 105-piece Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set and an all-expense paid trip to the legendary Imagination Playground Park in New York City. There are also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for both digital and physical builds—over 500 winners in all. Imagination Playground’s 2016 Build-A-Thon contest is currently underway. For build locations, how to enter, and links to download the 3D Builder App, visit: http://www.imaginationplayground.com/promotions/build-a-thon/index.html

 

 

Imagination Playground comes to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park!

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August 14, 2013 in Featured Sites

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Four Freedoms Park welcomes Imagination Playground

The gorgeous Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City is welcoming Imagination Playground’s block-based play system to unleash their children’s creativity.

The playground will be set up on their outdoor lawn surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas: the architectural shapes of the Louis Kahn designed granite Memorial, the waters of the East River and a wonderful view of the New York skyline (see the pictures below to jolt your appetite). If you live in the New York area, join them this week-end!

Come play at the Park!
Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18
From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
Free, no registration required

Check out their original blog post here and don’t forget to give them some love on Facebook.

Four Freedoms Park Pictures

Pictures of the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York