December 15, 2006
For Immediate Release
MSBA, NSSI TEAM UP
IN MINNESOTA SCHOOLS
The Minnesota School Boards
Association is pleased to announce the Minnesota Playground Surfacing Program (MPSP)
a partnership with the National Safe Surfacing Initiative, LLC (NSSI), designed
to keep Minnesota's school children safe, healthy and fit.
The NSSI provides unique financing
and fundraising solutions that enable school districts to invest in proven
rubber surfacing made with rubber tiles and also provides a variety of
professional services such as playground safety audits, inspections, designs,
and certifications to make playground surfaces as safe as possible for
"We are delighted to be part of this effort to reduce injuries and
accidents on school playgrounds," says MSBA Executive Director, Bob Meeks. "We expect this program to benefit our young
students by improving the safety and accessibility of their outdoor play and
fitness environments. The NSSI is a
nationally-recognized company that is committed to improving student safety and
A study by the Consumer Product
Safety Commission estimates that over 200,000 children across the US are
injured each year on playgrounds and nearly 70% of all playground injuries are
caused by falls to the surface.
The NSSI has spent years studying
how molded rubber tile surfacing improves playground safety compared to the
traditional use of loose materials such as wood chips, shredded rubber and pea
gravel. The molded rubber surface recommended by the NSSI is made from recycled
tires that not only improves safety and playability of the surface, but also
improves the environment by creating a product use for waste tires.
"The Minnesota Playground Surfacing
Program will assist Minnesota schools with safer and healthier playground
surfacing," stated NSSI President Tim Mahoney.
Two years into a four-year study, conducted by the National Program for
Playground Safety, indicates that playground tiles provided by the NSSI,
coupled with playground safety training, have reduced injuries requiring
medical attention by 75%. We look
forward to providing the benefits of safer surfacing to the children, parents
and school districts of Minnesota."
Taxpayers also can realize savings
by utilizing rubber tile playground surfaces through reduced maintenance costs,
the long-life of the surface, and the use of recyclable products. The use of
the rubber surface and the improvement of student safety also can reduce the
liability risk to local school districts and communities.
MSBA supports, promotes and enhances the work of public school boards.
For more information please contact
Tiffany Rodning at 800-324-4459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.