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The Gift of Play

View of NPS Playground Design

We are delighted to announce an exciting, transformational initiative which will strengthen teaching and learning at NPS and bring joy, discovery and adventure to students for decades to come: a new playground! 


Campaign Objectives

NPS playground design nest and boardwalk rendering

A New Playground

Build a completely redesigned outdoor space for our students and families to enjoy for decades. 
Playground Design
two children walking into National Presbyterian School

Annual Giving

Our annual giving program provides essential funds that support the operational needs of our school.

Annual Giving


From Our Head

"Play is the Work of Childhood"

Jean Piaget, a pioneer in the field of child development, said, “Play is the work of childhood.” At NPS, with our keen focus on the decade of childhood, we value play and appreciate its lasting and life-long benefits. The construction of a new and inspiring playground will enable generations of NPS students to engage joyfully in the “work of childhood” in meaningful and impactful ways—allowing them to maximize their decade of childhood as they continue on their journey of creating lives of purpose and compassion.

Malcolm Lester, Head of School


$4.5 Million over 3 Years

In 2023, the Gift of Play A Campaign for NPS Launches
In June 2024, Playground Construction Begins and in Fall 2024 the New Playground Opens
In 2025 NPS students will enjoy playing on the newly redesigned playground
in 2026 The Gift of Play A Campaign for NPS Concludes


Meet Our Co-Chairs

The Gift of Play: A Campaign for NPS co-chairs Suni and Kristin Thakor and Maisie and Austin Branson

Kristin & Suni Thakor

Parents of Colin '25, Maggie '26 and Matthew '29

Maisie & Austin Branson

Parents of Dorothy '25, Taylor '26 and Millie (NPS Cardinal-in-Training)

Contact Us

Mary Marra

Director of Development

Malcolm Lester

Head of School