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From The Inside Track: Giving Play a Chance

August 30, 2012 | Media Coverage

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For years, teachers and faculty at Monument Elementary School in Trenton, N.J., feared recess.

The playground at Monument was nothing more than an empty, broken blacktop, one which the school’s principal described as a “desolate desert.” When the students came back to class they were often bloody and bruised, because their run-down playground simply wasn’t suited for play.

All that changed earlier this month, when more than 400 volunteers came together at Monument Elementary School to build a brand-new playground. The build was a culmination of more than a year of fundraising and planning led by a coalition of partners that included the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) and the YMCA of Trenton. Read more…

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