Sunday, February 18, 2007

Children's Play Area

Below is a Copy of the e-mail my husband and I sent out to the students and staff of Helderberg College.

We want this to be a community project that will benefit young and old.

My learners at Helderberg High School are doing their Grade 10 Business Economics project based on how to run a Non-profit business and will be organising fundraising projects and be physically involved in the development of this Play Area.

Helderberg Children Playground

Dear Students and Staff:

We are ready to continue with our playground project again.
If you recall we have been given a piece of land next to Dr. Klingbeil's House and below Dr. Chipimpi's ho use to develop into a children's playground. (More information here).

Several people have expressed interest in this project and if you are new, you may also want to join us. Please take note of the following information and dates:


The playground area is quite large and our strategy is to take a modular approach where we raise funds for one section at a time. Each module will cater for a different age group and a different kind of activity. In the end we hope to have a play area that creates a hea lthy developmental environment for a range of children from the age of 0 - 16. This

would include the usual swings and jungle gyms, but it could also include a skate-park or a large outdoor chess board etc. (These are all suggestions and at the public meetings we will decide what our priorities are.) We need creative minds to help us develop these plans and we would welcome any suggestions and support.

Public Meetings:

28 February at 17:00 at the Helderberg College Board Room

28 March at 17:00 at the Helderberg College Board Room

Suggested Agenda for the meetings:
1. Report on Progress of the project.
2. Presentation of various development options.
3. Fundraising.
4. General input

Who should attend:
Anybody who has a general interest in the development of a children's playground at Helderberg College.

Cleaning Sessions:

We need people to help us clean the playground area. Anybody can help and even if you can help with something small it will be appreciated.

We need to:
Clear Rubble from the area.

Mow the Laws
Develop a garden
Get rid of weeds
And be as creative as possible


Sun, 25 February: 09:00 - 12:00
Sun, 4 March: 09:00 - 12:00
Wed, 21 March: 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 25 March: 09:00 - 12:00
Sun, 1 April: 09:00 - 12:00

Kids who play are healthier. Kids who play are less likely to be obese and develop obesity-related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Kids who play do better in school. Kids who play develop the cognitive skills that are positively linked to learning and academic performance.

Kids who play, play well as adults. Kids who play build their confidence and learn the social skills that help them become happy, well-adjusted adults.


kid playThe Museum of Play

Tuffplay Structures

Safe Play Playground Equipment

Rustic Structures

Do you know of other resources that we could use as we plan this playground project. Please help us!

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