Volunteers are excited to report that they have passed the $100,000 milestone in fundraising to build a unique playground at Powder Creek Park in Bonham. In the last four months, volunteers have raised a little more than $20,000 and need to raise another $20,000 to reach their goal of $121,000.
Build week has been set for March 12-16, which is during spring break. Organizers are hopeful that families will plan any trips for the early part of the break and be back in time to help build the playground during the latter part of the week. Lots of volunteers will be needed to build the playground in just five days. Both skilled and unskilled labor will be needed, as well as volunteers to babysit children 9 and under, check-in volunteers and feed the volunteers. Children ages 10-13 can help build, but must stay next to a responsible adult. Youth ages 14-17 can help build too, but cannot use power tools. Volunteers will soon be able to register to help on the group’s new website www.powdercreekplay.org.
Several fundraising efforts are being planned to raise the remaining funds needed. Raffle tickets are being sold by volunteers to win a $100 VISA gift card, an American Doll or a remote control helicopter. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawings will be held on March 16 during the opening celebration for the playground.
Workers from the City of Bonham recently contributed three days of prep work at the playground. This gift is valued at more than $1,000. Youth with the Fannin-Grayson Peace Project sold pies before the holidays and raised $333 for the playground. The Spanish National Honor Society from Bonham High School contributed $50 from their Macho Nacho fundraiser. A group of friends organized a New Year’s Eve party with a purpose and raised $460 for the playground.