WE Play to Learn!

WE Play to Learn!

From Wilkesboro Elementary School

We must replace our 26-year old playground. Your donation will help build a new playground AND inspire a new generation of children with the power of PLAY! If you believe in PLAY, please donate today!

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Update #2

30 days ago

A HUGE thank you to all who have donated! to Wilkesboro Elementary! Thanks to your generous donation to our WE Play to Learn! campaign, we've raised 15% toward our goal! Our fundraising efforts are going strong, but you can still help by sharing this page and letting others know about our need and ways to help. Thank you for supporting our school and for believing in the power of PLAY! Stay tuned!

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When asked about the best part of any school day, children always say “Play time!”   Play is an essential ingredient to a healthy childhood, and it is on the playground where children are most mentally active, engaged, and socially connected!  

In 1995, Wilkesboro Elementary installed the Big Toy playground.  It has provided joy and learning opportunities for around 10,000 students.  It is well-loved and has lived a good life.  

But 26 years of wear and tear have left the Big Toy in rough shape.  Structural timbers are rotting, decks are no longer level, screws are exposed, and entire components have been removed.  Caution tape blocks off unsafe areas, and we work constantly to keep it safe enough for play.

We plan to replace the Big Toy with a safe, engaging and inclusive playground that will inspire, challenge, and promote the health, well-being, and discovery of all children.  This playground will be used by ALL students in our school and will be sensory-rich with multiple levels of challenge.  Our students helped pick what they want in a new playground, and we’ve worked with a NC company to design a safe playground that will be inspire children for another 25  years!

Fortunately, we received a generous donation from the Stone Family Foundation to launch our playground fundraising efforts.  The Stone Family Foundation will match funds that our school can raise toward installing a new playground this year!  You can help by making a tax-deductible donation today to the Wilkesboro Elementary Playground Fund! 

If we exceed our goal, we will work to add solid surfacing for the playground or include additional components.

If we don't meet our full goal, we will implement the playground in phases by beginning with the main play structure.

Your donation will build a playground that will get this generation of children moving, engaging, and connecting with each other in daily hands-on play.  Your donation will teach them to explore, move, test boundaries, grow confidence, and boost their mental and physical health.  

If you want to donate to benefit a current student, please put the student's name in the COMMENTS section of your donation.

If you believe in PLAY, please donate today!   

To make a gift in honor or memory of a student, teacher, or friend, please use the MESSAGE field on the donation page.  

For more details on how to donate, please contact Principal Beckie Spears at Wilkesboro Elementary School at 336-838-4261.

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Wilkesboro Elementary School posted a new update:
30 days ago

Update #2

A HUGE thank you to all who have donated! to Wilkesboro Elementary! Thanks to your generous donation to our WE Play to Learn! campaign, we've raised 15% toward our goal! Our fundraising efforts are going strong, but you can still help by sharing this page and letting others know about our need and ways to help. Thank you for supporting our school and for believing in the power of PLAY! Stay tuned!

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Wilkesboro Elementary School posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

WE are excited that we've raised $2,000 toward building our new playground! Thanks to the early support of family, friends, and kind people, we are off to a great start in our first five days. Please continue to spread the word about the power of PLAY - thank you so much for continuing to support us and SHARE our mission TO PLAY TO LEARN!

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