The View from the Playground: Inclusive Playground Magazine Launch
Inspiring Play Magazine (http://inspiringplay.com/) is a free online magazine for families, educators, corporations, communities and municipalities who embrace inclusive play for children and adults of all abilities. It is vital that families and communities share stories of inspiration in order to work toward a common goal.
The magazine features inspiring stories, educational articles, activities and a forum for children in which they can express and share their inspirations - helping other children in other communities find connection.
Inspiring Play is a Joint Venture with Shane’s Inspiration and NGI Publishing: www.ngipublishing.com
The View from the Playground: A playground that has it all!
Check out the fantastic features from Wheaton, Illinois, grant prize winner for the Together We Play contest hosted by Landscape Structures Inc. and Shane’s Inspiration:
The View from the Playground: Toyota’s Inspiring Volunteers
Shane’s Inspiration’s inclusive playgrounds and programs are possible because of the passion and commitment of our volunteers…individuals like Sheila Swanson who gives her time, talent, and incredible financial contributions.
Sheila has also been instrumental in building a powerful corporate partnership with Toyota Motor Sales. Read more about the impact one person and one corporation can have:
Grants of Gratitude: TMS Rewards ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Winners’ Organizations
- Denise Jacobson, national market representation manager, Lexus Division – Our Lady of Fatima School
- Donna Johnson, regional business management analyst, Toyota Division – Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department
- Pei Pei Kelman, senior business analyst, Information Systems – Friends of Weaver
- Scott Kesselring, business operations manager, Toyota Division – Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach
- Steve Silbiger, dispute resolution administrator, Toyota Customer Services – Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council
- Dave Shambaugh, technology manager field operations, Information Systems – U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Ghostriders Squadron
- David Statham, technology manager enterprise systems, Information Systems – Preemptive Love Coalition
Bax began logging her volunteer hours at the“Get in Gear Volunteer!” website soon after it went live. When she reached the 100-hour mark, TMS rewarded the foundation with a $500 grant. Then Bax applied for a “Volunteer of the Year” award and claimed a $1,000 grant for the non-profit. As such, Save the Animals Foundation benefitted from Bax’s commitment to the cause as well as the generosity of her employer.
“The grants make a huge difference,” says Bax, a 14-year NAPO veteran. “The money goes directly to food, medical expenses, maintaining the building—a little bit of everything. Our operating expenses are high, even with a 100 percent volunteer staff.”
Swanson’s volunteer commitment dates back to 2003. At the time, she served on TMS’ Charitable Contributions Committee that was charged with evaluating applications for grants submitted by community organizations. The committee asked Swanson to learn more about Shane’s Inspiration, an organization that strives to create playgrounds that are accessible to children of all social, physical and emotional abilities.
“I remember meeting one of the co-founders at Griffith Park in the rain,” says Swanson. The two-acre Los Angeles facility was the first of what is now more than 40 playgrounds the organization has developed. “At the time, they were looking for grants to help transport kids to and from the playgrounds. They don’t just build the parks and walk away. They collaborate with local officials and schools to make sure they are used and maintained.”
In addition to grants earned by logging her hours, Swanson also secured a $1,000 grant for Shane’s Inspiration through the Volunteer of the Year awards.
“That money goes a long way,” she says. “It costs about $300 to transport kids to a playground for a play date. And it costs another $100 for the crafts and snacks. It only took me about 10 minutes to fill out and submit the application. But the kids who will get to take advantage of the playground because of that funding will come away with memories that could last a lifetime. It really does make a difference.”
The View from the Playground: Why the City of Los Angeles Makes Inclusive Play a Priority
Cole Massie, inclusive play advocate, interviews Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles, who shares what inspired him to make inclusive play a priority.
The View from the Playground: Congratulations Together We Play Contest Winners!
Reposted by Shane’s Inspiration:
We’re excited to announce that Wheaton Park District in Wheaton, Ill., is the grand prize winner of the Together We Play™ essay contest for their Sensory Garden Playground Initiative!
We’re also proud to announce the five runner-up winners of Together We Play:
1. City of Gig Harbor, Wash.
2. The FUNdation, South Elgin, Ill.
3. Princess Alexa Foundation, Keller, Texas
4. Kate’s Kause, Elmira, Ontario, Canada
5. City of Lewiston, Maine
Keep working toward your goal. Your community—especially the children—will appreciate the work you’re doing to create a place where people of all abilities can play together. Stay inspired; check back to watch the progress of the contest projects here.
The View from the Playground: A Young Man’s Message to Playground Designers & Builders
Meet Cole…young spokesman for Shane’s Inspiration. He and his incredible family are passionate about inclusion and have supported our mission so generously and in so many ways.
Thanks to a partnership with the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Grant Program, Shane’s Inspiration is giving kids, parents, and playground users video cameras to help capture their views from the playground…what inclusion looks like when it is successful and when it is not.
Take a look at Cole’s message to playground designers and builders everywhere…