March 02, 2018

Let’s Fund Active School Playgrounds

Let's talk about school playgrounds and how important -- nay, VITAL school playgrounds are in the development of every child.

Research is clear: physical activity improves academic performance and classroom behavior.

Active Students Learn Better. Period.

  • Active students are 20% more likely to earn an A in math and English
  • Standardized test scores of active students increased by 6% over 3 years
  • When students are active, there is a 21% decrease on teachers' time managing behavior

These stats are why we at GameTime put our heads together and tried to come up with ways to help your school build an amazing playground that will keep kids active for years to come.

Our solution?

We’ll give you the first funds for your playground fundraiser. We earmarked enough money to provide up to $25,000 in funding to get your school started!

Yes, we take play THAT seriously.

Why? Because schools have a unique opportunity to create healthier, happier environments for the diverse needs of their students – and healthier, happier kids because healthier, happier adults, who build healthier, happier worlds.

Our parent company, PlayCore, has spent decades cultivating material to incorporate physical activity into recess. They dreamed up activities that use our playground equipment as the focal point. PlayCore created guidelines for active play spaces, called Play On!, developed in partnership with SHAPE America and PlayCore, which offer easy to implement playground programming and evidence-based best practices for designing outdoor play and learning environment.

So what all goes into a PlayOn! school playground? There are six key elements.

  1. Spinning
  2. Sliding
  3. Swinging
  4. Climbing
  5. Brachiating
  6. Balancing

If you incorporate these six elements into your school playground, you’ll be eligible for a great honor – a National Demonstration Site designation by PlayCore. NDS playgrounds are featured in a national database. It’s a huge deal!

We wanted to make building a PlayOn! NDS-caliber playground as easy as 1-2-3. Our play experts and designers worked hard these past few months to create 15 new play systems that are built around these play elements, and are sure to keep your students healthy and happy.

These play systems are awesome. Some have swings. Some has roofs. Some have our fun-certified Spinning Seat. We didn't skimp on the details.

The best part? All 15 of these new play systems are ALSO eligible for up to $25,000 in playground funding! Imagine how many more donations you’ll get when you tell people that you already have $25,000 in funding.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to build a new school playground, and we’re going to help you build the best playground ever. Don’t hesitate.