Thanks to Warrick Publishing for sharing the story of our 8K success in the Oct. 27 edition of the Boonville Standard!
Thank you, Boonville Standard, for publishing an article in your newspaper about the story behind our organization and the Be the Change Playground project. You can read the full story online.
CHANDLER, IN – About 25 adults, teens, and kids helped beautify the Chandler Town Park this past Sunday. Projects included picking up litter, pressure washing the playground equipment and picnic pavilion, painting picnic tables and the exterior of the recently-remodeled bathrooms, and pulling weeds from the flower bed planted at the entrance during last year’s Memorial Day Weekend Clean-up event.
Organizers, with the nonprofit organization 4 A Better Chandler, Inc., said the annual clean-up provides an opportunity for volunteers to help the town with maintenance and improvement projects while encouraging residents to invest their time and efforts toward making Chandler a better community for A Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest was held in conjunction with the clean-up, allowing kids to have a little fun and promoting a family-friendly environment for the event. Tastee Freeze donated free ice cream cone tokens as prizes for the children who participated in the contest.
The new sky blue color on the bathroom building will serve as a background for a future mural by Michael Smith of Orange Moon Art Studio. Smith intends to work with children from the community to paint the mural once additional security measures are taken. The Chandler Parks Board has been working on a plan to get additional lighting and security cameras installed at the park to help deter vandalism.
Volunteers provided the necessary paint, equipment, and supplies for the clean-up event.
4 A Better Chandler is currently fundraising for an inclusive playground project at the park, and has a free youth fishing tournament scheduled this Saturday from 8-10 a.m. Find more details here.
Local Channel 14 News came out to do a news story on our Be the Change in Chandler Playground Project last week. Watch our Vice President, Daniel Edwards, as he shares our vision with the community.
Thank you, News 14, for sharing the news of our Be the Change in Chandler Playground Project with your viewers!
CHANDLER, IN – About 85 children headed back to school a few days early for a little fun with the Back to School Splash Bash Saturday, Aug. 8 at Chandler Elementary School. The event, organized by 4 A Better Chandler, Inc., included water games, a giant sprinkler, food, and an inflatable Hamster Zorb.
“We were approached by a couple of gentlemen who liked what we had done with our free Youth Fishing Tournament in June, and they offered to give us $200 to put on another fun, free event for the kids of our community,” said Wendy Wary, president of 4 A Better Chandler, Inc. “So, we decided with the heat of August, some water play would be refreshing and fun for the kids.”
The Chandler Fire Department provided a 10-foot tall sprinkler system for kids to run through, and handed out foam red clown noses. Volunteers grilled hot dogs and served chips and bottled water to participants. Games included a sponge relay and a boys vs. girls splash ball fight. Xtreme Action Rentals of Evansville provided additional fun with its Hamster Zorb, a giant inflatable hamster ball for humans.
“It was a lot fun, and the kids were having a blast,” said Wary. “The smiles and laughter – that’s what we’re all about.”
Warrick County students head back to school Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Kids catch 86 fish at Youth Fishing Tournament
Our local news media provided coverage of our Memorial Day Weekend Clean-up Day. Eyewitness News, which operates Channel 25 and Channel 7 news stations, ran a clip during its Daybreak segment.
WarrickWatch, a news-alert organization that operates primarily on Facebook, also posted our press release and photos from the event on its Facebook page.
A huge thanks goes out to our volunteers and sponsors for this successful event! Find the press release and photos from the event below, and be sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos from the event.
Park gets new paint, plantings during first annual
Memorial Day Weekend Clean-up project
CHANDLER, IN – More than 30 residents came together to plant flowers, make repairs, pick up litter, and spruce up the Chandler Town Park with fresh paint this past Sunday. Volunteers also collected 30 pounds of plastic lids and caps for the Town’s recycling for benches program.
Girl Scout Troop 363, based in Chandler, served lemonade to volunteers and park visitors, and handed out bottled water. Troop leaders and parents helped other volunteers plant a flower bed at the park’s entrance and paint picnic tables.
Cubmaster John Fuquay with Pack 166, based in Chandler, helped repair several picnic tables that had missing or damaged seats and boards.
Volunteers also spruced up the basketball court with fresh paint on the goal posts and the installation of new basketball nets. Additionally, they painted the doors to the restrooms at the park.
“We were so proud of the volunteers who came out on a holiday weekend to give back to the community,” said Wendy Wary, president of 4 A Better Chandler, Inc., which organized the event. “There was even a young man who was at the park to play basketball who decided to join in the efforts; he picked up a paint brush and quickly went to work.”
Kids were invited to participate in a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, and prizes were awarded for creativity, colorfulness, and overall design.
The event was sponsored, in part, by donations from Robin’s Nest of Boonville, Contemporary Landscape Design of Chandler, and Escalade Sports of Evansville. Other improvements and supplies were paid for by the volunteers.
“It was such a huge success, we think this will become an annual Memorial Day weekend event,” said Wary. “One of our board members even suggested holding a 5K run/walk that same weekend to help raise funds for the cleanup day.”
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