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The playground at Northfield Elementary School is a place where children gather at recess, after school, on weekends and during vacations. The NES playground provides the only public community play structures in Northfield on which children can play and learn, and its central location and proximity to the athletic fields makes it a community anchor for many children and their families. Over the past several years, many dedicated volunteers have worked to improve the aging playground and have made many significant improvements. Now it is time to replace the two play structures as they are approximately 20 years old, are showing signs of deterioration, and are no longer in compliance with current playground safety codes.
The total cost of this playground project is $55,000. Playground equipment is very expensive and not funded through the school budget. The PTO budget helps to fund other critical areas not covered by the school budget, including supplemental school supplies, educator fund grants, field trips and enrichment programs. The PTO is the fortunate recipient of a $30,000 CPA Grant (from the Town of Northfield’s Community Preservation Committee) and has been raising funds specifically designated for the playground for many years. The PTO now has $25,000 dedicated to replacing the structures, including a $2,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant.
Help is needed to install the new structures!
This will be a Community Build…that means that we save money by installing this new equipment with volunteers. The playground company will send a team of supervisors who will oversee and direct the building and installation of the new play structures.
July 29 – August 2
The old equipment will be removed and recycled thanks to our Town Highway Department.
They will also excavate the area and prepare it for the new structures.
Delivery date – Thursday, August 1st (exact time TBD)
Approximately 10 volunteers will be needed for about 2 hours to help unload the equipment off the truck.
Community Build – Saturday & Sunday, August 3rd & 4th
Approximately 30-40 volunteers will be needed to work shifts throughout the day helping to assemble and install the new equipment (exact times TBD). Help will also be needed with childcare and refreshments. Please watch for an online sign-up coming soon (via email and Facebook) that will include specifics about where and when help will be needed! Please consider giving your time to give the kids a new and safer playground! Want to help? Have a question? Please contact PTO Co-Chair, Cheryl George (firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 413-522-0576).
IF YOU VISIT THE PLAYGROUND AT ANYTIME THIS SUMMER AND SEE “CAUTION TAPE” AROUND AN AREA, IT IS NOT SAFE TO BE IN THAT AREA OR ON THE STRUCTURE AS IT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE OR INJURY TO THE PERSON ON THE STRUCTURE. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION WITH THIS VERY IMPORTANT MATTER!
The OLD, Current “Big Kids” Structure (ages 5-12) – approximately 18 years old
The OLD, Current “Little Kids” Structure (ages 2-5) – over 20 years old
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