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Honda Classic Donates Imagination Playground To Marsh Pointe Elementary School

Palm Beach Gardens, FL - The Honda Classic has donated a new playground to Marsh Pointe Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens on behalf of Imagination Playground, which provided the innovative play area for kids at the 2015 PGA TOUR event held February 23-March 1 at PGA National Resort & Spa.

An Imagination Playground, a breakthrough play space concept which is designed to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play, was situated behind the 18th hole at The Honda. Parents were able to bring their children to the 30 X 30 area throughout the entire week.

Created by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. The concept transforms children's minds, bodies, and spirits through play. Now Marsh Pointe has received a new playground that will provide the same experience to its students.

"The only direction given to these six year olds when the playground arrived was that the green mat was to be assembled with the textured side up and that when it was complete it would measure 30'x30'," said Maureen Werner, Principal at Marsh Pointe. "One little boy immediately asked if I had a tape measure!

"Then the little worker bees went to work carrying the tiles, assigning `work roles' so that they could work as a team and get the job done as efficiently as possible. There was no further adult direction or solutions offered. The kiddos accepted the challenge and completed the mat within 30 minutes. Leaders evolved, future engineers and architects sat and navigated through possible issues before providing their own solutions to this task. It was such an amazing problem solving, cooperative, team building experience that ended successfully with the 30x30 mat being assembled and all of the Imagination Blocks being utilized to build a collective fort. This is what I would call active, authentic learning that allowed children to analyze, synthesize and utilize all of the learning modalities to create a functional, useable playground for all of the school to use."

The playground donation is one of many ways that The Honda Classic gives back to the local community during the course of every year. The Honda awarded a record $2.55 million in charitable contributions in 2014, the eighth straight year the event has increased its charitable distribution to South Florida Children's Charities and will be making more major contributions to the community throughout the remainder of 2015.

"We are so grateful to the Honda Classic for its constant support and contributions to the Marsh Pointe Elementary "team" through the years," Werner said. "It was such a fun morning when the boxes for the playground arrived and all the children were so actively involved in the authentic learning experience. It was a priceless activity, one I will remember forever and I can probably say one that the kids won't forget!"

  • Title Sponsor

    Honda

  • Founders Club Partners

    Tire KingdomUTC

  • PGA National Resort and Spa

  • PGA TOUR FedEx Cup

  • City of Palm Beach Gardens