Happy Holidays! Thanks to all of you who attended the December PTO Meeting, Parent-Principal Coffee, and purchased pie from Mike’s Pastry. A big thanks to Justine Fialkosky who planned and executed our first playground fundraiser – the pie program raised over $1,200 for the Playground Project.
As you may know, this year our PTO is focused on replacing our aging playground. The Burr School playground is over 20 years old and reaching the end of its useful life. We hope to replace it with a structure that is modern, before the current playground requires any more repairs. At the December PTO meeting, our Playground Design Team presented their findings from meetings with vendors and community members, as well as the timeline for the playground project. With the design and project plan process well underway, the next part of the playground project will be to raise money to purchase it.
The City of Newton does not provide funding for playgrounds; they leave that process to each school’s PTO, and it is a large expense. While our PTO has been saving for a few years, we still need a sizable amount to replace our playground – much more than we can fund through our regular operating budget. The new playground will cost between $100,000 and $200,000 – the more money we raise, the better our playground will be. This is a lofty goal for our PTO, but through our new Burr School Community Playground Campaign, we can do it with your help!
Our Fundraising Chair, Greg Thompson, along with many other parents, has come up with two new playground fundraisers. The first is an online auction where Burr School families and friends bid online for various items. The second fundraiser is a “Newton Kitchen Tour” – an afternoon where homeowners and their contractors display their remodeled kitchens for community members who have purchased tickets. These fundraisers require lots of parent volunteers to successfully execute them, and we encourage all parents to sign-up to help. There are positions for everyone; if you don’t see something that works for you, please contact us. The sooner we get the fund-raising started, the earlier our project can be completed.
To assist in our sign-up process, we have a created an online sign-up. Each position is described on the sign-up page, but please feel free to contact the PTO Board if you have any questions about duties, time commitment, or the fund-raising process in general. Here is the link to sign up: Burr Playground Fundraising – Auction and Kitchen Tour. Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in our amazing Burr School community!
Jaye Schneider and Jason Wong