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A fundraiser organizers hope will lead to the construction of a new playground will be held Saturday at Whitehall High School.
A basket party, to benefit the Whitehall Elementary School, will be held at noon on Saturday, March 15 inside the high school gymnasium.
Last spring, First Grade Teacher Holly Pelkey applied for a $15,000 grant from from Kaboom!, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving play spaces for children. The grant provides money and materials to construct a new playground. The grant, however, is contingent on the school and community matching the amount granted. In order to achieve those ends, a playground committee, consisting of school faculty, has held a number of fundraisers, including a spaghetti dinner, a cabin fever event, two coin drops and Penny Wars. Saturday’s basket raffle is a continuation of those efforts.
So far the community has raised about $19,000.
“The community has been very supportive,” Pelky said. “We’ve had lots of participation from faculty, parents and students.”
“We’d like thank everyone for what they’ve done.
Organizers hope to add to that amount this weekend.
“There will be over 100 baskets, several door prizes and a few large raffle items,” Pelky said.
The baskets were contributed by local businesses and individuals, school faculty, parents and even students.
“Every classroom did a basket,” Pelky said. “They’re quite large.”
Students in Technology Teacher Ben Reynolds’ classroom also pitched in, constructing two Adirondack-style chairs and a picnic table, which are two of the larger raffle items.
Admission costs $5 and additional tickets will be available for a nominal fee. Winners must be present to claim their prize. In addition to the chairs and table, a face cord of firewood will also be given away and there will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
Construction of the new playground is expected to occur this June after the school year and the effort will replace an outdated playground that’s beginning to fall apart.
Its expected the new playground will be constructed by volunteers from the school and community.
Organizers will host another fundraiser, a father-daughter dance, on March 28 at the elementary school.
For more information, contact Pelkey at [email protected]