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Play, the Important Work of Children

On a Monday evening two professional play-workers intrigued a group of curious community leaders to learn about encouraging free play through adventure playgrounds. Morgan Leichter-Saxby, of Vermont and the UK, and Suzanna Law, of Manchester, England, both professional playworkers, talked and played at Bataan School in Port Clinton as one of 16 stops on tour of the United States. Suzannah is the organizer of the tour and is working on her PhD in play work. Morgan has been in the lead on play work training since Pop-Up Adventure Play’s inception and has spoken at over a dozen international conferences. 

Adventure playgrounds are new to the United States and to Port Clinton. Last fall Tricia O’Connor and Melissa Bayer, who did not know each other at the time, separately called Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, with the idea of using adventure play to engage and involve local children and adults, to help revitalize the community. 

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Kids, bring your adults to Adventure Play

Use recyclable materials to build your own adventure environments this Saturday, March 22, at United Way's Pop Up Adventure Playground, being held in the annex of St John's Church at the Corner of Adams and Second Streets. 

Children and adults of all ages are invited to come play, burn some energy and exercise creative muscle as we get messy and build whatever our hearts desire. The event is being held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

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