Buy a plaque, build a playground

 

George Town Primary School is hoping past pupils, former teachers, parents and friends will put their own stamp on the school and help build a new playground for students. 

The school is offering people a chance to see their names or the names of their loved ones on the wall of the school hall in the form of metal plaques and nameplates as part of a fundraiser to create a new play area for children. 

“We are targeting past students, teachers, anybody basically who is interested and in a position to help, corporate sponsors, anybody affiliated with the school. In fact, it’s open to everyone,” said school principal Marie Martin. 

The school is launching the scheme Monday, 12 April.  

Corporate or individual sponsors can buy gold, silver and bronze plaques of various sizes for between $250 and $5,000. There is no limit to the number of name plates that will adorn the walls.  

“Let’s just say, by some chance, we do have more than we can fit on one wall and we are overwhelmed with offers, we’ll just do another wall,” Ms Martin said. 

All proceeds will go toward the school’s sports programme and to create a new playground, which will be situated beside the multipurpose hall where the plaques will be erected. 

The school’s Parents and Teachers Association fundraising coordinator Cheyenna Stewart said the Donor Wall of Honour Engrave a Nameplate programme will allow donors to recognise a loved one or relative. People may also commemorate a special moment in a person’s own life or thank a teacher who made a difference in their life. 

“Right now, we don’t have a playground,” said Ms Stewart, adding that the older children play in the football field and the younger ones in a cramped sandy play area with little equipment. 

“We want to get play equipment that’s age appropriate for the younger kids so they have some place to break away from class and have some time to play and have fun. Right now, they’re all over,” Ms Stewart said. 

The school used to have an equipped playground, but that was destroyed in Hurricane Ivan. “What we lost in Ivan was never replaced,” Ms. Martin said. 

An area of about 2,500 square feet has already been set aside within school grounds, by the hall, to build the playground. Volunteers are scheduled to begin landscaping work on the site at the end of March.  

If enough money is raised, the plan is to have the playground open by the time the new school year begins in September. The school, which has 300 students, is hoping to raise between $50,000 to $60,000 for the playground and after-school sports programme. 

The revamped playground will complement a new school building, which is scheduled to open by next month. Many classes have been held in temporary units since the school was hit by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.  

Orders for personalised name plates should be placed by Friday, 23 March.  

 

Anyone who wants to take part or find out more about the project should contact the school at 949-2689. Order forms can be submitted to the school at 168 School Road in George Town. 

GT Primary playground

George Town Primary principal Marie Martins, right, and fundraising coordinator Cheyenna Stewart, examine the site for the new playground.– PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY
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