The Houston community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground
built at Sammons Elementary School. In just six hours, more than 200
volunteers from Foresters Financial™, Sammons Elementary School and the
national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve
more than 1,100 children and their families in the local community for
years to come.
“For over 140 years Foresters Financial has focused on our Purpose,
which is to help families and strengthen communities,” said Jim Boyle,
President and CEO, Foresters Financial. “In 2018 we are excited to
complete our 150th playground build with KaBOOM!. This partnership
creates safe play areas where families can spend quality time together
while developing young bodies and minds. We know the Houston community
will use this playground for many years to come.”
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by
neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in April when
community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters
Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the
final playground design.
Since 2006, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have built 146 beautiful
playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North
America and by the end of 2018, Foresters Financial will have funded
more than 150 playgrounds. Thanks to the hard work of over 9,900
Foresters members, sales partners and guests for the last eleven years,
we are positively impacting the lives of more than 5 million children by
providing them with access to play. Through each new playground,
families are better able to spend quality time together right in their
own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community
“We believe that a creative place to play and socialize will have a
positive impact on every child in our school,” said Danielle Neppl, 2nd
Grade Teacher, Sammons Elementary. “A new playground means more time to
play and explore which ultimately leads to attentive learners, increased
imagination, and effective learning in the classroom.”
Play is the business of childhood and is essential to the physical,
cognitive, creative, social and emotional development of every kid. It’s
how kids build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn
problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make
friends and build strong bonds with adults. Play is critical to a kid’s
ability to thrive.
Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner.
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the
balance and active play they need to thrive.
About Sammons Elementary SchoolSammons Elementary is a
Title 1 school located in Houston, TX. Sammons has the privilege of
working with over 800 students during the 2017-2018 school year. The
mission of Sammons Elementary is to provide an educational atmosphere
that promotes student self-esteem and provides the solid foundation of
reading, writing, mathematic, and social skills. Our students will
become lifelong learners, develop good interpersonal relationships and
have the needed desire to achieve to their greatest academic potential.
About Foresters FinancialForesters Financial™ is an
international financial services provider with more than three million
clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom,
and total funds under management of $45.1 billion1. With a
history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings,
retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their
financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities.
For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The
Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don
Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.
Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for
distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are
offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries,
including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer.
Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through
Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance
products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New
York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory
products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services,
LLC, a registered investment adviser.
1 in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2017
About KaBOOM!KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated
to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood
they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires
communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national
discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated
with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged
more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To
learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and
join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom,
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