From the Director: Playground Remodel
By Sarah O’Dell, Executive Director
Each time we have parent-teacher conferences at TCS, I meet with the teachers afterward to check in with them on any lingering questions, comments or concerns. This opportunity to talk with each family, brings joy to teachers and this is my chance to share in that and hear how each family is doing at TCS. Sometimes a “theme” occurs and it provides an opportunity to address something with the whole school. This year the question that came up a few times was THE PLAYGROUND REMODEL!
Each of you received a letter in December along with a brochure about our playground plans. Those letters went to all current families as well as over 600 alumni families. Many of you, our current families, donated right away. So far we have received 52 donations from current and alumni totaling $30,000. This is a great start!
Our goal is to start construction this year! The work will be done in two phases. Phase one will be the garden yard. We will close the garden yard for the summer when our school population is lower and complete that phase before the start of the 21-22 school year.
To begin construction in May, we will need to raise $100,000. We count on most of that to come from our many alumni families but our goal is for ALL current families to participate in some way. That doesn’t mean that we are going to bug you for money!
There are many opportunities to support this fundraising campaign:
If you shop on Amazon, you can designate The Children’s School to receive money back from your purchases. If you have tried using this in the past but were frustrated because it doesn’t work in the app…now it does!
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
You can designate TCS as a recipient of money back from your purchases! Just login to your Fred Meyer account and find the setting for Community Rewards. Our number is SE370 or you can search “The Children’s School of Boise”
You don’t need to clip Box Tops anymore! Just download the app and scan your receipt (with your phone!) each time you shop. The app will automatically find any eligible purchases.
Many corporations have matching funds, grants for employees to designate, and some will pay us if you volunteer. If you work for a larger corporation, ask how you can help your favorite non-profit.
Share your ideas and connections and share our social media posts
TCS families are often very active in our Boise community. If you know someone that we should know, introduce us. Do you follow us on Instagram or Facebook? Share our posts with your friends.
We are so excited to be launching this playground remodel and we rely on your enthusiasm and support!
Thank you for supporting The Children’s School!