Our playground planning and fundraising are continuing with zest. On the planning side, we have met with two VSB vendors to share our priorities and to ask for quotations. We should have both initial quotations in within the next two weeks. From there, we will work to refine the proposals, including deciding which aspects will form which phases of our playground development. If you would like to help review and revise the proposals, please email us at email@example.com.
The fundraising initiative for the new playground is off to a great start! A sincere thank you to all families (whether staying on or leaving UHE), that answered the direct appeal request!! Each donation that comes in not only speeds up our timeline to get the new playground installed, but also provides motivation and support to the parents and teachers driving this forward – thank you. The playground has received some rather generous gifts ($3260 so far) but also the direct appeal sparked a conversation, and the Playground Committee is very appreciative of parents that offered to help be it with grant writing, future fundraisers, or corporate appeal. It is not too late to donate – please consider dropping off a cheque or cash with Corinna (please write “playground fund” in the memo line of cheques).
We are excited to announce a summer Read-a-thon to promote literacy and raise funds for our playground. Look out for packages and information about this coming home with your child’s report card. One hundred percent of the funds raised from the Read-a-thon will go towards the playground, and we have received great feedback appreciating the effort to a) give our kids some ownership and involvement in the fundraising process, and to create a fundraising event that was inclusive regardless of income or ability; the fundraiser is completely optional with no set minimums and 2 of 4 student prizes will be awarded regardless of pledges raised.
The next major task is submitting grant applications for the 1) BC New Playground Fund, 2) Federal Government Accessibility Fund, and 3) BC Capital Works Grant. We have a team of parent volunteers to write and edit, but if you have any experience writing grants please contact the PAC.
Lastly, for all you Whitecaps FC fans look out for news soon on how buying your game ticket through a UHill specific web link gets you great seats and in turn raises money for the playground. It’s a win-win!
Thank you again for your support, and please support your child in reading and getting pledges for the Read-a-thon this summer!
Leah Chapman and Jen McCutcheon