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Proposed Playground Design – March 2015

Estimated cost for removal of old equipment, purchase of new equipment and installation:  $100,000

Interested in helping with funding initiatives for 2015-2016 school year?

Contact Melissa Rausch melissarausch@sbcglobal.net

Status Update May 2016:

The spring Fundraiser was a great success!  Thank you to all who bid, and signed up for experiences and purchased tickets!  This year we raised over $21,000 to put toward the playground fund!

 Thank you for supporting the Whittier Playground Project by becoming a sponsor!

GOLD$1000+ ·         Anonymous Foundation (grant request made by Maquet family…Thank you!)
SILVER$500- $999
  • Leventhal Family
  • Rydin Family
  • Girl Scout Troup #50520
  • Gerald and Karen Kolschowsky
BRONZE$250 – $499
  • Howard Anderson
  • Phil, Celia, & Alexa Moy
  • Marine Material Handeling Corporation
  • Teri and Steve Jackson
FRIEND OF THE PLAYGROUNDUP TO $249
  • Kay Papimeau
  • Robert Horton & Rose Mallon
  • Leroy & Mary Picket
  • Stanley Steed
  • Brigid Lusk
  • Mike Foster
  • Jeremy Vrtis

Status Update:

It has been a busy year for fundraising!  In the fall we held a read-a-thon which raised money for the playground and put books in the hands of the children who raised pledges and in the hands of Whittier teachers!

In February Whittier students participated in the Penny Wars and raised over $4000!

At the March PTA meeting a motion to move $25,000 from the PTA reserves to the Playground Fund was approved.

Combine the above with corporate and community donations and the we have raised ~$63,000 for the playground!

Be sure to join us on April 8th for the spring fundraiser to help reach our goal!

Sponsorship Update:

Thank you for supporting the Whittier Playground Project by becoming a sponsor!

GOLD$1000+
SILVER$500- $999
  • Leventhal Family
  • Rydin Family
BRONZE$250 – $499
  • Howard Anderson
  • Phil, Celia, & Alexa Moy
FRIEND OF THE PLAYGROUNDUP TO $249
  • Kay Papimeau
  • Robert Horton & Rose Mallon
  • Leroy & Mary Picket
  • Stanley Steed
  • Brigid Lusk
  • Mike Foster
  • Jeremy Vrtis

Status Update:  August 18th, 2015

This has been a busy summer! The playground committee was out hitting the pavement informing the community about the playground project.  Informational door hangers were distributed and families sold World’s Finest Chocolate at community events like Rotary Fest, Friday Night Car Show and Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market.

The online donation page was also launched this summer!

The 2015 – 2016 school year looks positive for fundraising efforts, so keep an eye out for opportunities to help reach the community and corporations to raise funds!

Status Update: May 26th, 2015

Wow, can you believe it’s been a year since the Whittier PTA decided to move forward with the Primary Playground Initiative!

In one year:

  • We’ve worked with NuToys to create a design that fits our needs.
  • The playground design has since been adjusted and approved by the faculty and staff, PTA and District 58.
  • We’ve diligently researched and laid out an action plan to request corporate and personal donations.
  • Created a procedure surrounding deposits to ensure accuracy.
  • Our PTA has helped us create a process to track funds, deliver tax deductible letters and receipts to our donors, and understand the parameters of total dollars we can raise and hold over in a year.
  • The Playground Committee has created a “Playbook” document to record the details of the process in case we need to apply this going forward for another large project, and to help other schools in the district.
  • We’ve also partnered with other schools in the district to form a group to share ideas and information.
  • We’ve already raised over $25,000 towards the new playground!!

 

We definitely have some forward momentum here, and it’s so exciting!  Keep an eye out for information about how you can help with the community/corporate fundraising this summer!

Status Update: May 19th, 2015

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the SAVERS donation drive!  Let’s wait and see how much our donations weighed!
  • Heather Graham and Rebecca Adelman are co-leading the subcommittee to plan Whittier fundraisers for the playground for 2015-2016.  If you have ideas or are interested in helping please email Heather: hgraham112@gmail.com
  • The online sponsorship page is almost up and running!  If you are interested in sending out corporate sponsorship letters and applying for corporate donations please contact Melissa Rausch melissarausch@sbcglobal.net.   It is our hope to use the support of corporations and the community to help fund this project!

Status Update: May 5th, 2015

  • A fundraising thermometer tracker has been put up in the Whittier primary hallway to keep track of the fundraising progress.  Hope you saw it at Open House!
  • SAVERS Donation Drive to take place the week of May 11th!
  • The Playground Funding Committee met to discuss the PTA financials and how they influence the playground fundraising strategy.  The committee also broke into sub-committees (Community/Corporate Fundraising & Whittier Fundraisers) to begin planning the fundraising strategy for 2015-2016.  Check out the meeting notes here Playground Funding Strategy Committee_April 2015Notes.   Please contact Melissa Rausch if you want to help in the fundraising effort!  melissarausch@sbcglobal.net
  • In June the Playground Committee and members of the Exec. Board will be meeting with members of District 58 to touch base on the playground project

Status Update: April 20th, 2015

  • SAVERS Donation Fundraising Program set for the week of May 11th 2015
  • Exec. Board has approved the Community and Cooperate Sponsorship letters.  Working on online donation within PTA website to better facilitate donations outside the Whittier community.
  • Mr. Krugman reached out to the District in regards to assistance with the surfacing for the new playground.  The District said they cannot commit to any assistance at this time because the installation dated is not yet set and the District works on a year to year budget.  The Playground Committee intends on revisiting this topic again when a true installation date has been set.
  • Playground Committee Funding Strategy meeting will be held on April 29th at 7 pm at the DG Public Library. All are welcome to attend! Questions…contact Melissa Rausch melissarausch@sbcglobal.net
  • Playground Fund tracking thermometer will be on display in the primary hallway soon.

Status Update April 1, 2015:

SAVERS Donation Fundraising Program being developed for May 2015

Revised Community & Corporate Sponsorship letters have been given to the Exec. Board and awaiting approval.  Once approved Community and Corporate direct sponsorship can begin.

Investigating possibility of installing proposed design in phases.

Seeking partnership of District 58 to assist with mulch.

Developing funding strategy for 2015-2016 school year.

Current Fundraising Plan for 2014-2015 school year:

GOAL:  $25,000

  • Overage from Jaguar Jog – Fall Fundraiser

  • Proceeds from Let’s Play for the Playground – Spring Fundraiser

  • SAVERS Donation Drive (anticipated in May 2015)