TVO Encourages Your Child to be a Giver

giver tvo season twoGiver, from TVO and Sinking Ship Entertainment, is a live-action TV series that inspires children across the province to get involved and contribute to the places they live. They do this by reclaiming and enhancing local playground spaces in parks all across Ontario. Season one was so successful that the show is coming back on April 30, 2014 for season two. The show airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm, with each episode repeated on Saturdays at 2:00pm.

In partnership with the Ontario Parks Association, the team behind Giver is putting a call out to communities across the province to find those in need of a new or improved playground for local kids. During each of the 10 episodes in season two, a group of kids aged 6-12 years old come together to volunteer their time. The kids join forces with host Michael Lagimodiere and the enthusiastic Giver team to build a playground in their community. WThey must decide on the playground’s theme, find out what their community wants and how they will build it – all in just three days.

Giver Season Two

During season two, the Giver team takes on even bigger builds. For the first time ever, a school playground is rebuilt with help from 375 students. The playground at The Bob Rumball Camp for the Deaf in Parry Sound also gets a makeover. There’s a whole lot more, with featured communities spanning the province. You’ll see playgrounds rebuilt in Toronto, Sarnia, Thunder Bay, Parry Sound, Niagara Falls, Linwood, Scarborough, Port Hope, Waubaushene, and Monkton.

“Giver exemplifies TVO’s commitment to building citizen engagement, and provides a great platform for kids to see how their good intentions combined with hard work can benefit an entire community,” says Patricia Ellingson, TVO’s Creative Head of Children’s and Parents’ Media. “Watching these kids take a playground that’s falling apart or non-existent, and create a space designed to bring families together is nothing short of amazing and inspiring.

Kids Inspire a Community

“There’s simply no show like Giver,” says J.J. Johnson, series creator and partner at Sinking Ship Entertainment. “In just three days, six local kids are able to inspire a community to transform an underused space into something that everyone can benefit from. Giver tangibly shows kids that anything is possible when a community pulls together for a common goal. Let’s Giver!”

For an even more in-depth experience, visit www.giver-tv.com. You’ll find fresh games and activities, such as Playground Paradise, where kids and parents build and maintain their own playground, and Giver Get Building, in which kids and parents can build park equipment with virtual tools and materials. Also new are video updates on parks from the first season of Giver. Kids can also download plans and drawings to start their own projects, and explore before-and-after photos of all the parks.

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at Strocel.com.

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