Monday, July 20, 2009

New Playground Equipment arriving any day now - the Union Street Playground is ready for volunteers to help assemble the fun!

This just in from a neighbor here in beautiful Springfield, Vermont, City of Lights and Official Home of the Simpsons:

A letter calling on citizens to lend a hand to a happy task, reprinted here in it's entirety -

Union Street Elementary School has undergone massive renovation and expansion during the past year. This construction made it necessary to demolish Union Street’s beloved playground, leaving the kids with only a pea stone area with a couple of tetherball poles in which to play. In response to this,a group of parents and teachers have assembled to raise money for and design a new playground to fit the needs of our school. Over 9 months of planning and hard work are finally paying off as we are preparing for the installation of our new equipment during a Community Build on July 25th 2009!

On Friday, July 24th, we will be busy unwrapping equipment and getting it ready for the big day... we welcome any helpers after 11:00! The actual build will be starting on Saturday morning at 7:00 AM (of course there will be coffee:) and continue till it's done (likely before 2 PM). Each shift needs at least 18 people to assemble the equipment so we will need all the help we can get! Any amount of time you can help is appreciated so don't stay away just because you can't be there AT 7 AM :) Ben & Jerry's has graciously donated ice cream to keep the volunteers fresh, and pizza will be provided for lunch!

I am also attaching a picture of the area that the playground will be built. I'm sure you will agree that the new playground will be a vast improvement! Once we get the equipment in, we will be working to replace the pea stone on the site, which is causing a lot of injuries and is not accessible to a couple of students who are either in a wheel chair or have to use a walker due to a brain injury sustained this past January.

Thanks again!

Jaynie Smith
Playground Chair