A Second Serving of Thanks

NRPA | November 27, 2013

Just like Thanksgiving seconds, we thought we would “pile on” another Thanksgiving related post this week. We couldn’t help ourselves; our thankfulness is overflowing!  The staff here at NRPA headquarters took a few moments to reflect and think about the amazing members we have.

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Why Be Thankful for Community Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann, Richard J. Dolesh | November 21, 2013

Despite the commercialization and shopping frenzy of recent years, this time of the year is all about gratitude, reflecting on why we are thankful and giving back.   For many of us at Thanksgiving, it is tradition to talk with our families, friends and neighbors about for what it is we are thankful.   Family, health, good fortune, a hot meal, jobs, friendships, the ability to spend quality time with one another and the list can go on and on.  Well, what about adding one thing to the list – community parks and recreation.  Here is our list of 10 reasons to be thankful for parks and recreation. 

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Go For It! Submitting an Education Proposal

Atuya O. Cornwell, Timia D. Thompson, Sheema Hai | November 8, 2013

We know the idea of getting up in front of your peers to share your knowledge and insight can be intimidating. Luckily, you are part of an organization where your Great Ideas are valued and want to be heard! Learn why you should submit an education session proposal for the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Toys R Us Should Support, Not Bash, Kids’ Trips To The Woods

Barbara Tulipane | November 7, 2013
You may have seen the ad on TV.  A school bus load of kids think they are headed out on a field trip to visit the “forest.” They look bored and can barely respond to the teacher standing in the front who asks them to identify a leaf.  Suddenly, the teacher tears off his outer shirt, reveals his red Toys R Us logo wear and announces that the kids are really headed to the toy store for their pick of a free toy. They go nuts with joy and the rest of the ad is about all the fun they have at the store picking out their gift. For anyone with kids, there is no doubt they love trips to the toy store.  But, what about that forest and the otherwise “boring” field trip from which they were saved? Read more

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