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.