Dear UHE families
We wanted to keep you all in the loop as the playground planning and fundraising continues. We are just finishing up our information gathering phase, having solicited input and feedback through parent and staff surveys; focus groups with UHE students; class-based discussions, research and drawings; and reaching out specifically to an occupational therapist (who specializes in child play), parents, teachers and support workers of children with special needs. The document below outlines the priorities identified through this process.
Highlights from UHE Playground Requests,
We are still on track to meet our early July goal of having a proposal ready to present for our application to the BC Provincial government for funding. Our next step is to meet with 2-3 vendors to share our priorities and request quotations for the various components (circuit structure, rope climbing structure, and some “natural” play areas). Once we have a few quotations, we will select the ones we like, and develop a timeline. For example, the provincial funding may cover the cost of the circuit structure, while our fundraising (see below) will cover the costs of the other aspects.
On the fundraising front, we are continuing to focus in four key areas: 1) provincial and federal grants, 2) charitable organization and accessibility grants, 3) corporate sponsorship including UBC and the UNA, and 4) UHE students and families. In addition to provincial funding mentioned above, there are a handful of various grants with application due dates over the coming months, then again in the Fall and Spring seasons. If you have experience with grant writing and may have some time to assist with writing or editing, please let us know! We can really use your help especially with the next two major grant deadlines on July 26th and 31st.
Parent volunteers will be approaching various departments/parts of UBC and the UNA for funding, and so thank you to all the families who participated in the affiliation survey! The survey data are very helpful in demonstrating UHE family affiliation with UBC and in turn crafting a stronger plea for support.
Also, thank you for fundraising suggestions submitted in the survey as well as offers to help! An official UHE letter has been prepared that may be used when soliciting donations or company donation matching. Please contact Leah for more information (i.e. tax receipt etc.) or if you have any other suggestions.
Finally, we will be looking to UHE families to participate in various fund raising activities – such as a summer Read-a-thon – as well as a direct appeal. Stay tuned for more on each of these and remember, no donation, volunteer time or pledge is too small!
If you have comments, suggestions, or would like to get more involved, please email us at email@example.com
Jen (Playground Planning) and Leah (Playground Fundraising)