Students play Bean Bag in the Bucket on the new “Peaceful Playground” at Lakeview Elementary in Hoffman Estates. The playground was designed to decrease the tattling and other conflicts that can take the fun out of school games and recess.
Her daughter and marketing director, Andrea Bossenmeyer, said the program is sold as a do-it-yourself kit for schools or parks to customize based on their amount of blacktop or green space.
The multicolored boxes and patterns on the playground lend themselves to the innovation of new games as well, Andrea Bossenmeyer said. And the incorporation of letters into the playground provides for games that help build reading skills.
At Lakeview, the PTA recently purchased the program with help from a $1,500 grant from the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation, school social worker Mary Brodie said.
The program met several goals of the foundation’s grant selection committee, said member Leslie Eskildsen, who’s principal of Stevenson Elementary in Elk Grove Village.
“One of the things we’re looking for is to impact as many kids as possible,” she said. The playground’s design “eliminates competition and fosters teamwork. We see that as important.”