To the editor:
The nearly 700 preschool through Grade 5 children of Hugh Cole School are in need of diverse and safe areas for sport and play. Over the last three years a dedicated group of parents, teachers, administrators and children have been working hard to raise the money required to rehabilitate the playground areas of the property. We are in the final phase of fundraising and are reaching out to you with hope that the citizens of Warren and Bristol will help us over the top.
The lack of appropriate playground equipment and play areas on the property serves to limit the opportunities for constructive play and diminishes the ability of the physical education teachers to lead the children in activities. The children need our help to improve the quality of their days at school.
To date funds have been raised through a variety of efforts including;
A $10,000.00 donation from the Hugh Cole PTO (BWPA – Hugh Cole School)
A $6,000.00 contribution by the children of Hugh Cole through the Box Tops for Education Program
A $3,000.00 grant from Bristol-Warren Education Foundation
$2,000.00 in anonymous contributions from members of our community
Substantial support from COZ and the Bristol-Warren Regional School District
As of today, the first two phases of the improvement program are complete and include a new play area and structure for our littlest members, the pre-schoolers, and a new fitness station area. New play surfaces and basketball courts have also been installed.
In order to complete the final phase of this project, a new play structure for the first through fifth graders, we must raise an additional $10,000. We need your help to put us over the top!
With nearly 700 children from both Bristol and Warren attending Hugh Cole every day, there is hardly a citizen of Warren or Bristol who isn’t in some way connected to the HCS community.
Please consider a donation to this worthy effort. Donations by check may be made payable to BWPA-Hugh Cole and sent to Hugh Cole School Playground, 50 Asylum Road, Warren, RI 028885. Attention: Darcy DaCosta.
Ms. DaCosta is vice president of the BWPA-Hugh Cole School, and a playground committee member. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.