By Ben Rickmond
Did you know that the PTO is giving WES a new secondary playground? One of our PTO presidents, Mrs. Pena, was nice to answer some questions all about it!
Why does the PTO want to replace the playground?
The PTO wants to replace the existing secondary playground because the playground is over 30 years old, the equipment is outdated, it’s not engaging for students, and it’s not accessible for students with physical disabilities.
How is the PTO raising the money for the new playground?
In addition to the $45,000 that the PTO has released for the new playground project, the PTO has launched a Playground Replacement Fundraising Campaign to raise the additional $20,000 needed to complete the project. Radnor Township School District will cover the cost of the playground installation.
There are several ways that the PTO plans to raise money for this campaign:
1) The Health and Wellness Committee published a cookbook comprised of favorite recipes from WES families and is donating proceeds from their cookbook sales to the playground campaign.
2) WES families and members of the community may purchase a spot on the Family Donor Recognition sign which will be displayed near the new playground.
3) A fun Parent Social was held on May 4th and was well-attended by WES parents. Ticket Sales, Silent Auction and Raffle proceeds were all dedicated to the campaign.
4) A “Sunday Funday” kids dance party will take place on May 19th at 118 North.
5) Students and families are invited to Get Air on May 21st (day off school). 20% of the tickets price will be donated to the playground campaign.
6) Last, but not least, individuals, families, and corporate sponsors can make a tax-deductible donation to the WES PTO”
When will the new playground be ready?
Construction of the new playground will take place over the coming summer, so the goal is to be ready for the start of the 2019-2010 school year!
Please tell us all about what the new playground will be like.
The playground will be moved to a new location next to the black top. This will allow greater accessibility for students in wheelchairs. The new playground is a state-of-the-art modular system whose components embody some of the newest innovations in modern design and physically challenging play. Come to the “Sunday Funday” at 118 North on May 19th and check out the playground design posters which will be on display for all to see!
How did the PTO get the design for the new playground?
Mr. Tracy worked closely with River Valley Landscapes to design a playground that would be fun and engaging for our students and that would be ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines) compliant. We are proud to share that our design is not only ADAAG compliant, but it will surpass several ADAAG conformance requirements!
Where does the equipment come from?
River Valley Recreation and Landscapes from Wrightsville, PA supplies Playcraft Playground Equipment and has worked closely with Mr. Tracy to design the new playground.
Whose idea was it to replace the playground?
The PTO Executive Board met with Mrs. Ferguson last summer (2018) to discuss ways that the PTO could support and enhance the experience of our WES students. The secondary playground was identified as an area that could be improved. A team of WES parents, Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Tracy, and Mrs. Meehan have been instrumental in getting this project started and seeing it through to its completion.
Also, I, Ben Rickmond, would like to give a big thank you to Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Tracy, the entire PTO, and Mrs. Meehan for all their hard work to help make this playground happen!
Please help us by donating in all sorts ways of ways listed above at https://www.rtsd.org/Page/22463