We are so proud and excited to announce that PS 9 is the newest recipient of the VOTE for Play Imagination Playground Award!
In January, we’ll be receiving our very own Imagination Playground and Play Associate Training — a value of $7,500! The playground is a mobile play system made up of big blue blocks that come in many unique shapes and sizes. Constructed of indoor/outdoor materials, the blocks can be used daily, rain or shine! According to Imagination Playground, the set is
made up of what experts call “loose parts” that prompt children to transform their environment and create a play space of their own…Researchers have long known that playing with blocks helps children develop cognitive and social skills…Imagination Playground blocks combine all of the benefits of block play on a larger-than-life-size scale that encourages kids to play together in groups and have more fun.
By rallying our community through daily email, Facebook and Twitter reminders, we received a record 2,146 votes, the most votes among the thousands of schools and children’s organizations across the United States that participated!
Our Principal, Sandra D’Avilar, welcomed the great news and commented:
P.S.9 embraces child directed play…Imagination Playground will challenge [our students’] creativity – and enhance our children’s learning experiences every single day.
Our new Imagination Playground will be a terrific complement to our Playworks program and will help support the important work we have been doing as a member of the Whole Child Network of schools.
Thanks to all in our PS 9 community who voted, and to Jesse Heindrich, our PTO Vice-President of Community Building, for the inspiring daily emails!