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2008-12-10 08:00:00

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans overwhelmingly believe that schools have a major role to play in advancing the health of our nation's kids, and they are specifically concerned about the lack of recess and physical activity in schools, according to new polling results released today by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's leading public-health foundation and Sports4Kids, a national nonprofit that brings safe and healthy playtime to low-income elementary...

2008-12-03 10:17:00

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- After Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans on August 29, 2005, much of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans suffered catastrophic flooding and the vast majority of its residents lost their homes. Since the disaster, not a single playground has been built in the area, and the children of this part of New Orleans do not have a proper place to play. The Make it Right Foundation, headed by the actor and activist Brad Pitt, partnering with PlayGreen...

2008-12-04 18:49:00

PHOENIX, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Before the sun set today, the nearly 350 children who attend Phoenix's South Pointe Elementary School, The Leona Group, LLC, a new kind of public school, are getting a new, great place to play. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081204/CLTH057-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081204/CLTH057-b ) The new playground, which was fully assembled from scratch in less than eight hours, was built with the help of more...

2008-10-09 21:00:31

By Miranda C.R. White REDLANDS - The designers of Kimberly Elementary School's new playground had only children's drawings of children, an old metal set of bars and swings and their imaginations, yet the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation made the children's dreams reality. "It (the playground) was definitely 20-plus years old, if not 50," said Kimberly Elementary School Principal Marcia Fagan. Lowe's dedicated Kimberly Elementary School's new playground with with a...

2008-10-08 21:00:22

By Barbara O'Brien An Orchard Park youth picked an inopportune time to get into mischief on the South Davis Elementary School playground Tuesday evening. The Orchard Park School Board was meeting in the cafeteria at the time. And while two parents were discussing concerns about rowdy behavior at the playground, Superintendent Joan Thomas was called out into the hall by a police officer who apprehended the youngster. He was "holding a young man who was on the playground a half- hour ago,...

2008-10-06 09:00:09

24 Hour Fitness(R), the largest privately-owned U.S. fitness chain and a health club industry pioneer, and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of children, are teaming up to build new playgrounds in Houston communities impacted by Hurricane Ike. The partnership will help children in the region get fit and stay healthy while aiding communities that are recovering from the storm. Throughout the month of October, 24 Hour Fitness will donate $1 from...

2008-09-09 12:00:31

By Jane Gargas She would have loved it. The gentle slide, the gradually sloping steps, the crossbars just the right height. The Nedra Callard Joy in the Lives of Children Memorial Playground -- also called, "A Children's Garden" -- at McClure School would have pleased Callard immensely. "It's the perfect memorial for Nedra," said Helen Peterson, longtime friend. Callard, who died in 2005, was one of the first two elementary school counselors in the Yakima School District when she...

2008-08-26 03:00:45

By Anonymous NEWS FROM OUR SUPPLIERS Kids in The Garden Wacky, wild and full of wonder, Kids in the Garden, is a colorful new 15-part DVD series for young gardeners that will inspire kids to get their hands dirty. Join Nick Hardcastle as he puts the fun in fungi and acts like a vegetable allowing viewers to discover just how intriguing gardening can be. These programs encourage environmental stewardship and promote a healthy lifestyle while the kids (and adults) enjoy discovering the...

2008-08-11 06:00:20

Playworld Systems, Inc., a leading international manufacturer of playgrounds and playground equipment, has announced that it will become the first major playground manufacturer to abandon the use of polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) in its products. PVC, commonly knows as "vinyl" has been a significant component in playground equipment for decades. However, recent private and public studies have indicated it is environmentally unsound and a potential health risk. "We have a responsibility to...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 4--NORFOLK -- It's the kind of amenity most neighborhoods would welcome. A private group will partner with an apartment building owner and the city to build a playground in a single day later this month in Denby Park. It will include swings and slides for children in a community where they now play in parking lots. Yet the park has been a neighborhood controversy with some residents, including many members of the Oakdale...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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