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Center for Grieving Children to celebrate new Crooked playspace

10/5/2010
It's official - we're going to be working with the Center for Grieving Children on a terrific new Crooked House for their play area. We can't way to unveil this thing. Below is the "official" press release. Be sure to pass it along!

Also, if you want to learn more about the Center for Grieving Children, visit their web site at www.cgcmaine.org.

Party for effort with Hancock Lumber, Seabreeze Property Services, and Kids Crooked House, to create outdoor outlet for active play, Oct. 17, 3 p.m.

The Center for Grieving Children, located at 555 Forest Avenue, is getting a Crooked makeover. Its back parking lot will become a fun new playspace with the addition of a Kids Crooked House designed specifically for them and a new landscaping effort supplied by Hancock Lumber and Seabreeze Property Services.

The public is invited to a party to celebrate the installation of the new space on Oct. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m., where there will be bluegrass music, kids games, and the opportunity to play in the new Crooked play area, plus a chance learn about all the great work the Center for Grieving Children does on a daily basis.

The Center provides loving support to grieving children, teens, families and the community through peer support, outreach, and education. They honor and encourage the safe expression of grief and loss. Part of that process includes active play, which allows kids both to take time away from their grief and to express their grief in physical ways.

Because active play is at the core of what Kids Crooked House believes in—that every kid should be encouraged to get outside and move their bodies and engage in creative, imaginative, active play—it was a natural for the company to step in with one of its whimsical playhouses when it found out Portland’s Center for Grieving Children had an outdoor playspace in need of renovation.

Engaging a community effort that will involve Seabreeze’s landscaping expertise, Hancock Lumber’s generously donated materials, bluegrass musicians, and dozens of volunteers, Kids Crooked House is leading an effort to rip out a guard rail, move a dumpster, level off a bit of greenery amidst an urban setting, and create a shady spot under a tree where kids can let their imaginations and their bodies run wild.

For more information, contact Kids Crooked House at samp@kidscrookedhouse.com.


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