George Town Primary School has unveiled a special donor wall to raise money for a new playground and sports programme.
To date, $30,000 has been collected through the efforts of the school’s Parent Teachers Association, yet another $30,000 is needed to complete the project.
On Thursday, the association acknowledged and thanked donors with certificates and performances by students for their contributions.
The donor wall, located inside the school’s multipurpose hall, will list the names of supporters on engraved nameplates. Ransdale Rankin and Marvin Hurlston designed the layout for the donor wall – a varnished wooden plaque with gold, silver, bronze, corporate and individual nameplates.
To engrave a nameplate and have a permanent place at the primary school, organisers are asking donors to fill out an order form and submit it with the necessary funding to the school office, which is located on School Road. You may personalise your nameplate with a name and short inscription. Sponsorship levels vary from corporate gold, at $5,000, to individual bronze, at $250.
Cheyenna Stewart, PTA fundraising coordinator and the driving force behind the project, thought it only fitting and important to have a tangible reminder of what was accomplished through the collective efforts of those involved.
“The school did not have a proper playground, just an area with a few pieces of play equipment and we wanted to make it more user friendly,” she said. “I went on the Internet to research fundraisers and found where a school had targeted an alumni list in helping support a cause with ‘you can be a part of building it’ and individuals purchase a brick and had a name engraved.”
Ms Stewart said there is also a place on the wall where past students of the school can obtain a nameplate by pledging support.
She said she was further motivated from hearing students complain about the lack of play equipment and always getting messy in the sand pit.
“So far, the response has been tremendous with many coming on board. Dart provided the plants and trees for the playground and came out to do the garden and the Phoenix Group volunteered to install the play equipment. The children and parents also got excited and involved by donating their time to pick up rocks from the garden,” Ms Stewart said.
All of the students expressed the desire for an area that was more play friendly with something that was designed for them.
“I usually talk to my friends and sit on the bleachers at lunch. I don’t like getting sand in my shoes, so the playground and grass will be better. I don’t like to play football, so I sometimes just stay inside and play on the computer,” said student D’Hani Bodden.
To add his contribution to the venture, Education Minister Rolston Anglin pledged his personal support.