Fundraising continues for a new playground at Woodstock Elementary School and the project, called “Hands on the Land: Learning Landscape Project,” is the impetus for a dinner Saturday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Mangowood Restaurant in West Woodstock.
Woodstock Elementary School principal Karen White said that the school has raised $206,000 to date and will need to raise another $100,000. The group has received three grants; one for $10,000 grant from the Woodstock Learning Trust and Vermont Community Foundation and Whole Kids, and is waiting to hear back from several groups they’ve applied for grants with.
In November of last year, WES together with architect Jack Rossi developed a master plan for the three acres on which the school resides. The plans include grassy areas, a treehouse and play structures that White says will be safer and more accessible than the current structure, which she says limits the way children play.
Funds from Saturday’s dinner will go toward the first phase of the grounds project which deals with the play area in particular.
“This event is a great community building event,” White said of the dinner. “Faculty members from WES serve the meal, assist in the kitchen, and do the dishes. The food is absolutely delicious.”
The a cappella group Hyannis Sound is scheduled to perform at the dinner.
For more information about the dinner or for reservations, contact Leanne Chynoweth at (802) 457-3454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.