In April of this year, St. Joseph School embarked upon a one-year fundraising campaign aimed at enhancing the Primary School campus.
The Building Bulldogs Campaign has three primary goals: playground, endowment and beautification. The playground component involves the creation of two new playgrounds at the rear of the campus. An endowment is being established to sustain future growth for both the primary and elementary campuses in terms of physical activity.
The third component is beautification, including the creation of a front garden area and less intrusive fencing surrounding the campus.
Through the support of the community, St. Joseph is ahead of the one year time-frame and is installing two playgrounds at the Primary campus. On Wednesday, members of the community, including businesses, organizations and civic groups will gather to help assemble and install St. Joseph Primary School’s new playgrounds purchased with donations raised during the Building Bulldogs: Active Kids, Healthy Minds playground campaign.
At its core, the Community Build involves teams of four to eight people assembling each of the playground components. The morning shift will be on hand from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with an afternoon shift from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Y-107 will host a live remote from 6:30 to 9 a.m. during the morning commute. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers by the Centennial Bank grillers.
Throughout the day, the students of St. Joseph School will participate in a variety of ways. The music teacher will lead each class in a song to be performed as the volunteers assemble the equipment. A concrete slab will be poured adjacent to the new playgrounds to house a new basketball court. Around the perimeter of the concrete, all the students will leave their imprint on the project by creating a border of handprints.
At 2 p.m., the volunteers, children and officials with gather for a brief ceremony commemorating the hard work and dedication that went into making the playground project into a reality.