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Originally posted March 21, 2012
By Principal Lynn McClure, Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center
When we as adults recall favorite childhood memories, how often do those memories include unstructured outdoor play? If your memories are like ours, most of them revolve around the outdoors. However, today’s children have restrictions that restrain their ability to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors which include traffic, absence of open spaces, and active schedules; work and school. Related story
We as a staff at Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center are committed to reconnecting children to nature and argue that it is every child's right to play outdoors. Supported by research, we believe outdoor play promotes creativity, gross motor skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving. And of course to do this, additional tools are utilized including donated rain boots and play clothes. And boy, are those onsite washers and dryers working overtime keeping fresh and ready those donated play clothes!
If you see us doing “walk a-rounds” as you drive by, please don't hesitate to give us a honk and a thumbs up.