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Sensory Playground Gift Unveiled

Attic Angel Association’s 130th birthday in 2019 was a chance for the celebrated philanthropy organization to bestow a gift to the greater community.

The Angels, as the members of the Association are called, hosted a community-wide birthday party (called Life is a Playground!) that honored playfulness for all ages. Concurrently, they conducted a year-long fundraiser to build a special playground that meets a specific need for the mental health and development of young children.

They raised nearly $75,000 – an amount above and beyond their regular efforts that yield community gifts and grants each year. The recipient of the gift is The Playing Field early learning center in Madison, whose high-quality educational model integrates children of advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds in a way that “levels the playing field” to give all children the start they deserve. The custom-built play equipment helps children regulate their emotions and overcome the effects of life trauma.

Angel Barbara Berven and her husband, Norm, cut the ribbon to unveil the sensory play path at a grand opening celebration on July 17, 2021. The couple had provided a major matching gift that helped attract hundreds of other donors to the project.

WISC TV 3 captured the day with this news report. You may also copy and paste this address into your browser: https://www.channel3000.com/sensory-playground-offers-new-opportunity-for-emotional-development/

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Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

 Visit The Playing Field Website