This year, the WPA is prioritizing fundraising for the Playspace Project. This two-part project includes:
- Re-development of the Division II (grades 4-6) playground on the northwest side of the school. Our school is growing – for the first time we have two full classes in each grade of Division II – and the space will be developed to better accommodate our expanding population. The design will be geared to children ages 9 and up, with more physically challenging and innovative equipment than what our school and neighbourhood currently offer.
- Creation of an outdoor learning space to be used by all grade levels. This space will provide opportunities for students to learn in a natural setting, and support teachers in moving learning outdoors.
In 2016 the Westglen Parent Association conducted a survey of Westglen parents to determine the focus of fundraising efforts going forward. Parents identified redeveloping the Div. II playground and creating an outdoor learning space as priorities. A Playspace Committee was formed under the leadership of Stephanie Koska and Tamara Jonson Shepherd. The Committee engaged in further consultation with students and parents about their wishes for the playspace and commenced fundraising. Through a variety of fundraising initiatives, including bottle drives, a dance party, and a family obstacle course event, in partnership with local businesses such as Loblaws City Market, Studio Bloom, and City Fit, approximately $20,000 was raised between January and October 2017. Due to administrative reorganization of the Westglen Parent Association, fundraising was put on hold for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. However, parents were surveyed in the spring of 2018 and expressed ongoing support for this project. As a result, the Playspace Committee was re-established and an additional $10,000 allocated to the Playspace fund by the Westglen Parent Association this fall.
$400,000 for both phases of the project. This budget includes the cost of removing old playground equipment, site preparation, purchase and installation of new equipment and surfacing, upgrading the basketball court, and landscaping, seating, planters, and a pergola/cover for the outdoor learning space.
Raise $200/student from school-based fundraising and donations this school year. Combined with the $30,000 raised to date, this would bring us to $100,000 in school-based fundraising. Our target is to secure an additional $100,000 in corporate donations and $200,000 in grant funding.
Fundraising will occur during the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year, and building will proceed with the money raised in this time. Design consultation sessions will be held with students, parents, and invested community partners in the spring of 2019. In the fall, the scope of work will be finalized and the tendering process will occur. Construction of the play and learning spaces will begin in spring of 2020.
In addition to soliciting donations, the WPA will be raffling off a travel voucher in the new year. We will be asking students to sell tickets to family, friends and neighbours, and recruiting parent volunteers to sell tickets to the public at local events. We need volunteers to:
- Help run the raffle for the WPA.
- Sign up for a shift selling raffle tickets at a local event.
Spread the Word
- Share the Westglen Playspace Project promotional video with friends and family. https://youtu.be/4F_XxaXUaRc
- Make a donation:
- By cheque. The Edmonton Public School Board will issue tax receipts for donations over $25. Cheques should be payable to Westglen School, with Westglen Playspace in the memo line. Direct cheques to:
10950 127 ST NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 0S7
- Online. Tax receipts will NOT be issued for online donations. https://squareup.com/store/westglen-parent-association
For more information, contact
Danielle Reese and Mary-Ann Lingwood, Co-Chairs
Playspace Committee of the Westglen Parent Association