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ESSER Funds for Your School

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the American Recovery Plan (ARP), Congress approved financial support for districts and schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds. These much-needed resources come with considerable flexibility for district leaders to decide how best to use the funds to meet the needs of their students, educators and families.

Play is essential to child development and an integral part of a holistic approach to learning. Through play, children develop social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language skills that transcend the playground. Providing children an opportunity to spend time outdoors increases productivity, creativity and engages them in learning.

Your district can use these funds immediately to help students get the most from their learning by:

  • Investing in an outdoor classroom where children can spend more time outside and positively impact learning outcomes.
  • Bringing a new twist to getting kids moving and combating obesity during Physical Education, recess, after school programs or sports.
  • Designing a sensory space where children of all abilities can learn music, play games and socialize.
  • Creating an inclusive commercial playground that brings equity to play.
  • Developing an adventurous playground where children can explore, be curious and discover through play.
  • Adding seating, bike racks and Hand Sanitizer Stations around your school campus for convenience and cleanliness.
  • Request a catalog or contact your local Burke Representative to learn more.


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Inclusive Playgrounds

Inclusive play is primarily about ALL children having EQUAL access to participate in play at the local playground regardless of ability, age, or comfort level. While children won't always be able to participate in every activity, the goal is to offer ALL children a variety of activities at varying levels of difficulty within the same play space.

Outdoor Classrooms

Combining learning and the outdoors creates an environment that is flexible, open and where there is room for students to learn together, apart. Outdoors, children are healthier, happier and do better academically while getting much-needed nature exposure. Our outdoor spaces expand the meaning of classroom with options for music, fitness and educational games that help everyone learn.

ELEVATE® Fitness Course

Movement is an excellent way to keep kids healthy and excited about physical fitness – and help improve focus during class times. ELEVATE Fitness Course makes fitness fun for children ages 5-12 and 13+ at all levels while providing an option for Physical Education that is outdoors and easy to maintain distance. Each obstacle has three levels of challenge and multiple options within each level to ensure that everyone can participate and have a positive experience. Bring out the ninja in all your students and watch them work to excel.

PlayEnsemble® Music Play

PlayEnsemble, Burke’s collection of outdoor musical instruments, brings a higher level of musical expression to outdoor classrooms and learning spaces. As a universal experience that inspires everyone to create, music brings a sense of wonder to the learning environment. Musical experiences aren’t just play; they also play an important role in accelerating child development intellectually, socially and emotionally as well as enhance overall motor skills, language and literacy.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

Learning and playing outdoors is a great way for kids to be together, apart. While outdoors, they can practice healthy hand hygiene with Burke’s new Hand Sanitizer Station. Following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, students and teachers can use hand sanitizer as an alternative to soap and water. This allows everyone to keep their hands clean before, during and after learning or play.