Dollars, supplies, and labor needed for Sandburg playground

Construction begins in June on the new Carl Sandburg/DCS school building, and the current school playground will no longer be accessible. The new playground, to be located on the site of the current school building, will be accessible in the fall of 2012. Until then, the areas once used for outdoor play during recess will be limited by construction zones.

Nearly an acre of wooded space, between the portable classrooms and the fence on the southwest side of the campus, will remain accessible during construction. Currently, this space is not maintained and is off-limits to students. However, it could be cleaned up and made usable as an alternative playground for recess during construction and beyond.

With the removal of invasive weeds and the addition of low-maintenance landscaping, the wooded area could help solve the playground dilemma during construction and also be used as a multipurpose outdoor education resource to support various curricula (PE, science, etc.) for years to come. Members of the PTSA are working to make this happen and need your help.

Commitments for all of the donated materials, labor, and money needed to transform this wasted space into a playground must be obtained before work can get started. Here’s how you can help.

A pledge can be made to donate time, materials, and/or funds by contacting Kathy Fries at kathyfries@hotmail.com or Lauren Gaddy at laurengaddy@comcast.net.

DONATE TIME TO THE NATURAL PLAYGROUND PROJECT:

• Clear debris, remove invasive plants at the first (of several) Work Party on Saturday, May 14th.

• Plant perennials at a Work Party on Friday, September 9th.

• Participate in ongoing landscaping maintenance at periodic Herbicide Free weeding parties.

• Find volunteers from other community organizations to help with work parties (dates TBD but before school starts in September).

• Help obtain donated materials and/or financial support from local businesses and individuals.

DONATE MATERIALS TO THE NATURAL PLAYGROUND PROJECT:

• Donate logs and branches (5- to 6-feet long) and cross-sections of stumps from Cedar, Douglas Fir, or Madrona trees.

• Donate landscape rock.

• Donate native drought- and shade-tolerant plants (fern, salal, etc.).

• Donate cedar play chips, mulch, soil (up to 300 cubic yards).

• Have a truck/trailer that can be used for picking up materials, removing debris.

• Lend extra tools (wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, etc.).

DONATE MONEY TO THE NATURAL PLAYGROUND PROJECT:

• Make checks payable to Carl Sandburg PTSA, with reference to Natural Playground on the memo line.

• Send donation checks to Kathy Fries c/o Mrs. Huston’s class at Carl Sandburg, or 7629 NE Champagne Point Place, Kirkland, WA 98034 before the last day of school, June 22, 2011.

• Monetary and in-kind donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

• You can double the impact of your charitable contribution, if your employer has a matching gift program.

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