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2013 - BCI Burke Playground Company

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Recipient's Name: 
BCI Burke Playground Company
Award Recieved: 
John Preston Playground Safety Award

The 2013 award is given to the BCI Burke Playground Company. Founded in 1920, It is one of the first playground companies that was created. Housed in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, BCI Burke follows the ASTM standards and the CPSC Guidelines as it develops its commercial and home playground equipment. It sends representatives to the ASTM standards meetings on a regular basis. President Tim Ahern has served on the board of directors of National Program for Playground Safety since 2005. In addition, it has distributed Supervision Kits to over 8,000 elementary schools. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics for 2010-2011, that is 16% of the public schools in the United States. Further, they have distributed several thousand Intensity Kits to help the physical education teachers teach school children how to use movement on the Burke equipment, connecting curriculum to the playground equipment. They are in the process of developing a similar kit for childcare teachers. That kit will be available by November 2013.

BCI Burke has gone beyond selling equipment by giving adults information to use to help them use curriculum in relation to their equipment. In addition, they have given the adult information to be better supervisors. They put the interest of children first by ensuring that equipment is designed according to the developmental needs of children. They do this by consulting child development specialists in relation to the size and kind of equipment developed.