Hearts of Fun Playground Project

This playground targets pre-K and elementary age students who have physical and cognitive challenges. These children, in addition to parents, grandparents or caregivers are in need of an accessible, safe playground. We want to create a fun learning environment in an outdoor classroom for students to learn and play together. This park will also be open to the community.

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!

Corporate sponsors are also needed 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.

Participate in the Virtual 5K Run, Walk & Roll at Heartwood School. Individual entries will receive a t-shirt, post-run snack and a completion medal. The proceeds will benefit the construction of a fully accessible playground at Heartwood School for children with disabilities. The playground will be open to the community after hours.

When: April 18, 2020, through May 2

Where: Virtually

External LinkRegister to Participate

Available Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Contribution Includes
Strength Sponsor
One available
$3,000 "The Hearts of Fun 5K Run, Walk & Roll powered by (presenting sponsor)." Company name on signage. Large logo on back of race shirts. One additional free 5K registration (total of 5).
Determination Sponsor 
One available
$1,500 "The Hearts of Fun 5K Run, Walk & Roll powered by (presenting sponsor)." Small logo on back of race shirts. One additional free 5K registration (total of 4).
Courage Sponsor (Hope+) $750 Name printed on back of race shirts. One additional Free 5K registration (total of 3). "Thank you" in event recap on social media promotions.
Hope Sponsor (Foundation+) $500 Logo/name recognition in all event media. One additional free 5K registration (total of 2).
Foundation Sponsor (Support+) $350 One reserved 10x10 family activities area promo space - distribute merchandise/collateral. One free 5K registration. Placement of promotional merchandise or materials in race packets. Recognitions on social media promotions.
Support Sponsor $100 Sponsorship recognition in race packet. Sponsorship recognition during announcements.

Payment information: Make checks payable to: Ingham Intermediate School District Reference: Hearts of Fun 5K Run, Walk & Roll Mail to: Hearts of Fun 5K Run, Walk & Roll, c/o Ingham Intermediate School District 2630 West Howell Road, Mason, MI 48854. Questions? Contact Heidi Pierce or call 517.244.1202.

The Hearts of Fun Golf Outing to raise funds for the Hearts of Fun playground scheduled for June 18 is canceled. We hope to have another Ingham ISD golf outing next summer. Keep an eye out for more information in the months ahead. 


June 18, 2020 - Canceled
8:30 am Registration, 9:00 am Shot Gun start


Eldorado Golf Course
3750 W Howell Rd
Mason, Michigan 48854


18 hole scramble, 4-person teams, prizes for top 3 teams


$300/4-person team, includes continental breakfast and lunch at the turn

All proceeds will benefit the Hearts of Fun Inclusive Playground at Heartwood School for children with disabilities. This playground will be open to the community for use during non-school hours.

Purchase a brick for the pathway outside Heartwood for $50-400

  • 8x4 inch brick - $50 (Heartwood families)
  • 8x4 inch brick - $100
  • 8x8 inch brick - $200
  • Fence Signage - $300 (annual renewal)
  • 12x12 inch brick - $400

PDF DocumentPathway Brick Order Form

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.

Initial Project 2012

The initial 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 install this small section of the playground on October 28, 2013.

Hearts of Fun Playground

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.

Contact Us

Amber Slocum
Teacher, SE, HWS

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