Outdoor spaces are an important part of student health and wellness, both physically and emotionally. EA schools already prioritize active, sensory time in the school day to help our students with focus, emotional regulation, and physical fitness. Alongside these current efforts, research shows that time spent outdoors can boost mood, reduce anxiety, and increase focus in ways that indoor physical activity cannot. As we move through the recent public health crisis together, outdoor spaces are becoming an even more important tool to allow students to gather and play safely, in well-ventilated and socially distant spaces. Together with our Building Directors, we’ve set a goal of upgrading out outdoor play spaces in 2021 to include engaging, accessible playgrounds at each of our sites. We are calling on our supporters to join with us in achieving this milestone together. Every donation gets us closer to our goal of healthier children and healthier communities in 2021.