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Preliminary plans for other fundraisers are planned, including working a Jr. C Hawks game Dec. 29, a Valentine’s family dance Feb. 13 and a yard sale and/or barbeque during the townwide garage sale next May. A volleyball tournament is also being discussed at some point.
“The key is we want the community to know this is a playground geared to our younger children and will be accessible as well,” said Jo-Anne Horan, committee chair. “This playground will be enjoyed by children for many years to come so especially those that have very young children. Their children really will reap the benefits of it.”
Committee member Cindy McLeod added the school’s parent council called a meeting for all parents to attend, but only a couple of people showed interest, although others have indicated they can volunteer with one event.
“It’s basically the school council that’s starting the process, we all hope others can come on board,” she said. “We will be looking for new people helping, even for one event. We have had some offers to help for the spaghetti dinner that can’t commit to a committee which is fine. If we got tons of help for various things it will all help.”
Horan added: “There are only a few of us in a school as big as ours trying to raise a lot of money so we are looking for others to help, too.”
Horan noted that the current school council’s children could be graduated out of UTES before they get to use it.
“It’s also a playground for the whole community,” McLeod added, saying with a lot of Mitchell minor soccer young teams playing their home games behind the school every year, countless children use it.
The committee still needs to pinpoint the type of playground they envision and the cost associated with it, but it’s safe to assume the cost will be major. McLeod said the committee is planning a corporate campaign in the new year and is also investigating various grant opportunities that might be available.