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VISTA Program announces Plateau Play Day

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

The Americorps VISTA Project, a partnership between the University of the South’s Office of Civic Engagement and South Cumberland Community Fund, announces Plateau Play Day, a community-wide day of play for children and families in Franklin, Marion, and Grundy counties on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in four locations on the Cumberland Plateau. These sites include St. James/Midway, Grundy Lakes in Tracy, Pelham Elementary, and Mountain TOP in Coalmont.

Families will have the opportunity to engage in creative and spontaneous play, with a variety of special activities and fun materials. Come tunnel through cardboard boxes, build forts, create sidewalk chalk masterpieces, and slip n’ slide the day away! Lunch and laughter will be provided.

AmeriCorps summer associate VISTA, Sara Nally, commented on the purpose of the day’s activities, “We want our children to grow to be creative, healthy human beings capable, eventually, of contributing to society. In order for this to come about we need to return to the value of play that other generations have recognized. That is that play is an arena for becoming creative and resilient.”

Research shows that play can counteract stress and engaging in free play can help children develop both physically and emotionally, with impacts ranging from stronger bones to heightened social skills. Play is important, positive, and FUN.

Play isn’t simply fun and games, it’s one of the most positive and powerful tools for child development! When children are given the freedom to create such things as sandcastles and forts or draw and paint or roam outside with limited adult supervision, they are on their way to good health.

Volunteer assistance from parents and guardians is requested. Adults are invited to bring lawn chairs to play sites.

For questions, volunteer interest or to sign your child up, please email plateaufreeplay@gmail.com.