Playground committee members Crystal Adams and Joan Fortin are lacing up their sneakers as they prepare to Walk Across Woodstock to help raise funds for the new playground and plan to help clean up the community along the way.
Woodstock has just over 148 miles of roads, and Joan and Crystal plan to walk at least 100 miles of them between March and June. With approximately $35,000 left to raise to meet their $100,000 goal, they hope to inspire families and businesses to pledge a dollar amount for mile or make a flat donation.
Joan Fortin came up with this idea. “Bringing a playground to our community is all about exercise, movement, physical fitness and fun. Instead of talking about the importance of exercise and movement, we are going to put our words into action and walk across Woodstock.”
Adams says she is hoping community members can join some of these walks. “When we are planning to walk a quiet back road where there is a place to park, we’d like to post the date, time, walk location and mileage to the Woodstock Middle School Playground Facebook page in case a few others can join us.” Adams has spoken to State Representative Pat Boyd who has agreed to join them on one of their walks.
Adams and Fortin will post photos of their walks to the Facebook page as well as update the total miles walked and the number of bags of trash they have collected. Watch for Adams and Fortin Walking Across Woodstock from March till June. They will wear bright-colored t-shirts for visibility. Follow their progress here https://www.facebook.com/wmsplayground/ on Facebook.
Join us by making a donation or pledging a dollar amount per mile walked. Please print the file linked below and mail or drop it off at the Woodstock Elementary School:
Walk Across Woodstock
I hope you can join us for dinner or a drink! We will have guest bartenders, a 50/50 raffle, and a lot of fun. There is no need to bring a coupon or flier with you, just come and eat or drink anytime between 5-9pm. Thank you to The Crossings for being such a generous host.
This week is the Penny War fundraiser at Woodstock Middle School! There are coin collection jars set out for each grade. Pennies, bills, and checks are positive points and should go into jar that is assigned to your child’s grade. One penny = 1 point, one dollar bill = 100 points, a five dollar bill or five dollar check = 500 points, and so on.
Students place silver coins into the jars of other grades. These coins are negative points and will take away from that grade’s total. A nickel will subtract 5 points, a dime subtracts 10 points, and a quarter subtracts 25 points.
Friday February 2nd is the last day for collection. The grade with the highest total wins a giant and fun game of human foosball set up in the gymnasium for them to play at an upcoming recess. See the photo below for an idea of how this game look. All funds will go towards the new playground!
We are excited to announce that we have reached the 60% mark for the WMS playground! We are grateful to all those who have donated, and would like to recognize the Woodstock Agricultural Society for their generous $2,000 donation and the Woodstock Education Foundation for the amazing $5,000 grant which they gave for the playground. This is truly a community funded playground; it has been inspiring to see students, families, businesses, individuals, and organizations come together to make this playground happen for the children of our community. Best wishes to all for a safe, happy, & healthy New Year.
Bank Hometown Donates to Woodstock Playground
Woodstock: Viktor Toth, Superintendent, along with Wendy Durand, WMS Principal and Crystal Adams, Woodstock Playground Committee Chair, recently received a check for $1,000 from Bank Hometown Woodstock Branch Manager George Dimopoulos.
With this donation, the Woodstock Playground Committee is now over half of the way to their $100,000 goal. The playground will be located behind the Woodstock Middle School and is well designed for older children. It will also be available for area families and children to enjoy when classes are not in session. In addition, families at the adjacent sports fields will be able to use the playground during practices and games.
“We are very grateful for the support and trust Bank Hometown has shown us,” said Adams. “They have also generously allowed us to use their coin-counting machine during our recent Pennies for Playgrounds fundraiser. We look forward to inviting them to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the playground next year.”
Saturday November 4th you are invited to learn how to make Baklava at 1 pm or Thai food at 4 pm. Classes are limited to 8 participants each and will be held in the basement kitchen of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, located at 543 Route 169 in Woodstock. This is a fundraiser for the WMS Playground.
The Baklava class costs $40. We will make the syrup, nut mixture, and learn how to assemble a 9×9″ baklava. There will be a selection of nuts, citrus, and spices so participants can customize their dish. We will sample a freshly baked baklava, and each person will go home with a pan of baklava to freeze or bake. Class will start at 1 pm and should finish by 2:30 pm.
The Thai cooking class costs $65. We will learn how to make chicken ginger soup, chicken pad thai, and fried spring rolls. We will enjoy tasting all of these foods, and each person will go home with soup and pad thai, as well as two dozen spring rolls to freeze. Class will start at 4 pm and should finish by 6 pm.
Please mail or drop off a registration and a check made out to the Woodstock PTO to the elementary school office by November 3rd.
Download a registration form here: Baklava and Thai cooking classes.
We are now 50% of the way to our fundraising goal! Many thanks to the families and businesses who have donated so far. A big thank you also to our WES and WMS students. Both schools participated in a Pennies for Playgrounds fundraiser that lasted four weeks. By the end of the month, our students had raised $2,919 for their new playground!
The playground committee is working on some exciting fundraisers coming up, and we continue to look for and apply for grants. We were just notified that we received our first grant, there will be a photo and an update on this soon.
In the last few weeks several people in Woodstock have stepped forward to offer their business or talents as a playground fundraiser. We are so grateful for their support! Last weekend Woodstock photographer Nicole Beaudreault did a family photo session at the beautiful Devon Point Farm and raised $600 for the playground! Many, many thanks to the families who participated and to Nicole for putting it together.
The Woodstock Middle School Playground Committee would like to thank Dunning Playground Surfacing for their generous donation of wood chips for the WMS playground!
These wood chips are a 100% natural, renewable, and safe product that will fit well with the rural character of our community. They are fully IPEMA Certified Engineered Wood Fiber and meets or exceeds ADA and ASTM guidelines. In addition, this surfacing has been tested and exceeds the Wheel Chair Accessibility standard required by ADA law.
Thank you Dunning Industries!
Visit Devon Point Farm Saturday September 30th! 10% of all sales will be donated to the Woodstock Middle School Playground! Pick pumpkins from the patch, select beautiful mums and gourds, enjoy delicious cider doughnuts and apple cider, and much more! The spinner bowl will also be available for kids and adults to try out! Thank you Patty & Erick Taylor!