This year we would like to do a fundraising push to purchase new solid surfacing for the GME playgrounds.
We have not done a major fundraising initiative in many years and would like to ask for your support.
How are we doing?
What are we doing?
In order to still offer all of the events and funding that we usually provide for the school year (field trip funding, movie night, family fun night, bike to school week, etc.) we are undertaking new initiatives in order to raise the money for the playgrounds.
Each student will be given 1 book of tickets to sell. Please take them and sell them at work, the gym, around the neighbourhood, anywhere you go!
Our fantastic community sponsors have either donated prizes for our fundraising events, sponsored in cash to our events or have made a donation directly to the playground re-surfacing fund.
Why are we focusing on the playgrounds?
- Easy to see foreign objects & easier cleaning
Broken glass and other debris are hard to see and difficult to clean out of the current pebbles & mulch
Rubber surfacing will aid inspection & clean up, keeping our students safe.
Rubber surfacing provides an accessible surface to those with mobility challenges, meeting ADA standards.
- Promotes safety with a uniform, stable, cushioning surface in all seasons
Mulch has inconsistent protection due to temperature & maintenance, providing low fall protection during the freezing winter months and reduced protection in high traffic areas when compacted or dug out
Rubber surfacing provides consistent protection through Kelowna’s temperature range and is not dependent on maintenance. Also falling onto mulch is not always pleasant, with little hands getting hurt on sharp pieces of mulch.
- Non slip surface
In rain, snow & frost mulch can get very slippery for playing running games
Rubber surfacing has a non-slip surface, protecting our students from falls & collisions.
- Environmentally friendly
Rubber surfacing uses recycled car tires, keeping them out of our landfills.
- Aesthetically pleasing
Although not the top reason for rubber surfacing it is a nice benefit!
How can you help?
We are asking our whole GME community to help with this year’s special FUNdraising goals. Besides attending our FUNdraising initiatives there are other ways you can help out: