Hearts of Fun Playground Project
The Hearts of Fun Playground fundraiser will help us achieve the inclusive playground with a play booster including accessible ramps and four new playground pieces. It will support the purchase and installation of the equipment as well as the rubberized surfacing which is much safer for students and allows all users access to the entire playground. Our vision will address the needs of all children, regardless of any disability, with a focus on accessibility and inclusion.
Our primary goal is to eliminate the barrier to play that exists for children with physical and developmental disabilities by providing an accessible playground. Our objective is to create opportunities for our students to enjoy the freedom and fun of playground experiences like every other child. This project will impact many areas of their lives. They will be participating as equals in activities that challenge and build their motor skills while teaching them that although success may not come in the first attempt, perseverance pays off. Playgrounds are also a natural environment for children to develop and practice communication and social skills they’ll use throughout their lives.
Phase one of our project began in the fall of 2012 to allow students to experience a barrier free playground with just a simple bank of six swings, a roller table, and four sensory panels. With the contributions of many we were able to launch this first phase of the playground on October 28, 2013.
Phase two of our project, called the Hearts of Fun Playground, is a much larger undertaking. It adds many more pieces of equipment and a soft surface for our most fragile students. Our students come from across the Ingham ISD service area, and we want to include our entire community and all the local districts we serve to help us reach our goal of $200,000.
Our long-term plan includes creating an innovative play area that will provide children of all abilities and their families the opportunity to engage with one another and feel like a welcome part of the community. The completion of the Hearts of Fun Playground will provide equal access for all children to play together, encouraging socialization and equality on the playground and within the community.
We are in need of sponsors to help us raise a goal of $200,000 to fully fund this inclusive playground on our campus in Mason. Many options are available from $1 to $25,000 depending on your ability to provide support. We want offer affordable options for anyone interested in contributing in some way. Options for donation include:
- Purchase a brick for the pathway outside Heartwood for $200 - $1,000
- Sponsor a sign on the fence around the playground – renews annually
- Participate in the Golf Outing or 5K
- Sponsor a Heartwood student for a walk-a-thon
- Donate your change to a Heartwood classroom
- Purchase a bag of Cravings Popcorn from a student
Sponsorships opportunities under $1,000
- 8x4 inch brick - $50
- 8x4 inch brick - $100
- 8x8 inch brick - $200
- Fence Signage - $300 (annual renewal)
- 12x12 inch brick - $400
How to Contribute
Thank you for supporting the Hearts of Fun Playground Project with a tax deductible donation! We are partnering with the Capital Area United Way to ensure contributions are tax deductible. By becoming a playground sponsor, please know that you are helping to make a huge difference for the children in our community. Please feel free to contact us anytime with and questions you may have. We would love to talk with you!
Executive Director, Special Education