I got some good feedback in the past from some of you about activities for my daycare, and thought I'd throw this one out on the table and see what
kind of ideas some of you might have for this situation.
My kids' school is a disaster. The entire front yard is dirt/mud....without a blade of grass in site. The walkways are old, cracked and sunken in
some spots. The main cement area of the playground is also cracked and not levelled properly so when it rains, or snow is melting, huge puddles form
covering the majority of the play area. The kindergarten area is the same, although there is a wee bit of grass in their fenced in area.
I think the grass at the front never had a chance as there are very huge, old pine trees growing there. They make the area too shady, and drop
enormous amounts of pine needles and pine cones daily. In the fall, spring and winter, the kids have indoor recesses due to the amount of mud and
ankle deep puddles formed on the playground. In the summer, they always come home complaining of sore eyes from the dry dust blowing off of the front
yard into their eyes. I've actually gotten my double stroller stuck in the front yard muck when I went off the paved pathway and some man had to
help me get it out! It's horrible.
My 7 year old, who is hearing impaired and has lots of ear troubles causing his balance to be off, constantly comes home covered in dirt because he's
fallen. The school tries their best to keep him on his feet but he's a klutz
Usually he opts for an indoor recess.
The school has been fighting the board for 2 years now to get them to pay for grass, to no avail. There just isn't enough money for school
beautification in the budget right now.
Now, I've had enough. I've decided somehow to take matters in my own hands and try to raise this money, or awareness, or get donations or
something!! I've never fundraised..and I'm not a very good public speaker, so I'm already facing an uphill battle. But I'm very passionate and
care about this school and our community a great deal and I'm hoping my heart will get me what this school needs.
It's a tall order. I would be happy just with sod donations, or the money to purchase it..but then would also need volunteers to help lay it, and
care for it in the first few months. (volunteers would probably be easy enough). But I figured heck while we're at it, repour the walkways and
playground. I know the grass is far less expensive than having the concrete poured, but I'm up for the challenge!
I have several ideas for local businesses, charity foundations, and we even have a community foundation here run by teen volunteers that raise money
for just this sort of thing (community/school beautification). We have a local football team, and several large landscaping companies as well as home
improvement stores. I've also added a couple of area churches to the list of people to contact. We also have a large sod farm here that I can
The problem is...how the heck do I get started??!! Write letters, emails, phone calls, or in person? Should I write up an organized plan before I
throw myself into this eg: step by step what needs to be done, measurements, etc. Or, do I just throw myself headfirst into it and let the
professionals take care of the details?
I'm lost...the closest I've come was selling chocolate bars when I was a kid, and I wasn't very good at that :/
This school and the staff are VERY important to me. They've helped our kids a lot the last several years and I'd buy the materials myself if I
could. The principal is such a great person and I can tell how horrible she feels that the kids can't play outside..and I want to do this for her
and the kids, so I want to do this right.
Suggestions, advice please