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Bayside School To Get Innovative Playground!

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Bayside School To Get Innovative Playground!
Posted on 05/15/2018
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On Tuesday, May 22, the Portland Public Schools’ Bayside Learning Community will unveil its new Imagination Playground. The innovative play equipment has been donated by The CarMax Foundation and national nonprofit KaBOOM!, which helps communities build playgrounds for children. The unveiling will take place at the school, located at 353 Cumberland Avenue.

Imagination Playground in a Cart features a collection of oversized blue foam parts that allows children to build and re-build play structures with their imaginations. It was designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play and to help develop healthy bodies, resilient and creative minds and social and emotional well being.

The Imagination Playground appeals to all ages because it can also be used for educational lessons and STEM projects, said Bayside Director Jennifer Searway. “This is a gift indeed,” she said. “It’s not just to allow and promote creative play – which, as we know, increases academic abilities – but the foam objects can also be used to enhance academic learning.”

The following video link shows how youngsters can engage with an Imagination Playground: https://youtu.be/U_InH3bKM0E

The Portland Public Schools thanks The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! for their support of PPS students.

This is the 34th Imagination Playground that The CarMax Foundation has donated in conjunction with KaBOOM!. The CarMax Foundation supports KaBOOM! in ensuring that all kids get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

The CarMax Foundation was established to support the communities where its associates live and work. CarMax Inc. is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars.

Bayside Learning Community is a specialized educational environment dedicated to fostering each student's success with academic, social, and emotional growth.