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The Importance of Getting Involved in Schools.

In getting ready to attend the PTO Today Conference in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, I started thinking about PTOs and general involvement in schools and why it is important. As a child, I remember my mom being the PTO President and organizing events such as end of year picnics, fundraisers for a new playground, holiday parties and book fairs. It was a source of pride for me to have my mom in a position of planning and organizing events at ...

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Love the Earth Today and Everyday.

The 45th Earth Day is upon us and continues to help draw attention to environmental issues, but it is important to remember, there are 364 other days to care about the planet. At Burke, we think about the earth every day. As we create playspaces today, we don’t lose sight of the importance of preserving tomorrow. We are preserving it for the very population we are creating playgrounds for…the children. And their children. And theirs…and so on. What does it ...

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National Playground Safety Week.

Founded by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) in 1997, National Playground Safety Week is “a time to focus on children’s outdoor play environments. A time to pledge to use good judgment when playing. A time for gratitude for all the adults who work tirelessly on maintaining our playgrounds.” Play is essential to childhood and development. To keep play fun and productive, we need to focus on safe yet challenging play and adhere to the SAFE acronym: Supervision, Age ...

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Landscape Architects – Why They Deserve a Month.

When we hear “architect” we often think of someone who designs high-rise buildings or perhaps restores historical sites. While those are extremely important, we often forget to recognize the people responsible for designing the parks, play spaces, plazas, bike trails and other green spaces that make the outdoors fun, healthy and sustainable. Green spaces enrich our lives by exposing us to the natural beauty of the outdoors, keeping us moving and exercising and giving kids a healthy outlet for ...