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Fundraising for Phase 2 - Swings! - is now underway
Thank you to the Boonville Standard for so eloquently sharing our story of becoming fully funded for our first phase of the Be the Change in Chandler Playground Project.
The playground is broken into three phases, with the first being geared toward 2-5 year-olds; Phase 2 is a swingset that is rated for children ages 5-12; our third and final phase will be a bigger playground area for children ages 5-12.
We are so pleased to have reached our fundraising goal for Phase 1! Thanks to a boost from the Christian Science Irrevocable Trust last week, and a private donor who contacted us earlier this week, we were able to exceed our original expectations to be funded by next summer. We are planning a community build this spring (announcements to come), with the anticipation of having the playground open to the public before Memorial Day.
Phase 2 of the project includes a three-bay swing set that will provide two high-back accessible seats and four traditional belt swings; this area is rated for children ages 5-12 (and those of us adults who still like to swing). It will also have the rubberized, pour-in-place surfacing, which is both accessible and considered one of the most stable and consistent surfacing options available for playgrounds today.
We thank everyone who has helped to make this first phase a reality, and we look forward to continuing our efforts in providing a safe, accessible playground for all abilities and ages in Chandler!
Christian Science Society of Boonville Irrevocable Trust gave away $70,000 last Thursday, helping 15 non-profits continue serving the people of Warrick County.
Play is a crucial part of early childhood development, providing opportunities for problem solving, concentration, and social learning experiences. Unfortunately, this site currently has no playground equipment for this age group, limiting the opportunities for families with young children in our neighborhoods to benefit from this type of play.
Beyond the playground, this project will provide an additional freshly-paved area for the Chandler Parks Board to utilize in other ways for recreation. The board has discussed creating a tricycle/walking path, installing a small basketball goal for younger children, and painting playground games like hopscotch and four square in this area. This resurfacing project is included in the overall cost of the playground, but funding has already been secured by the Parks Board for this improvement.
Join us for a fun event that will help raise funds for our Be the Change in Chandler Playground Project!
All-you-can-eat pancakes professionally prepared by the Chandler Kiwanis Club, one meat, and one drink are included in the $5 advanced-purchase admission for adults ($6 at the door). Children (12 & under) can enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, kids activities and a 5x7 photo with Santa for just $1 advanced-purchase admission ($2 at the door)! There will be a silent auction of themed baskets ready for gift-giving.
We owe a huge thank you to the community for joining our food drive efforts by supplying a total of 2,884 nonperishable food and personal care items and $200 cash to our two food pantries - Chandler Cumberland Presbyterian Church Food Bank and Chandler United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
The bulk of those items (more than 2,000) came from the students and staff at Chandler Elementary School! The remainder were donated, along with the cash, by eight local businesses/offices: Chandler Starter & Alternator Repair Service, Straeffer Pump & Supply, Powerline Freight Systems, Electronics Reasearch, Hydromax Plumbing, Chandler Utilities Maintenance Facility, Chandler Library, and Chandler Town Hall.
The school encouraged participation by offering a donut party to the classroom that brought in the most items. Businesses had an incentive, as well, earning a freshly-baked batch of cinnamon rolls if they collected more than any other office. Powerline Freight got their day started right with fresh-from the oven, made-from-scratch rolls after providing 138 individual canned or boxed foods.
Representatives from both food pantries expressed their gratitude for the drive, which they estimate will provide meals for families in need for about a month. They said there seems to be a growing need in our area, citing medical expenses and lowered food assistance for some of their clients.
Chandler Cumberland Presbyterian Church Food Bank is open every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Qualifying Warrick County clients are able to receive one box of food and one box of personal care items that don't qualify for Food Stamps assistance once per month.
Chandler United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. Qualifying Chandler and Elberfeld clients are able to receive approximately five paper grocery bags full of food once per month.
Thank you to the Chandler Elementary Student Council members and advisors for helping to load up the mounds of food, diapers, and additional items collected.
In the words of Helen Keller: "Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much!"
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