“VILLAGE” MAKES NEW PLAYGROUND A REALITY FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR
Not the Village of Bloomingdale, but dozens and dozens of parents, alumni and friends who – for the past two years – donated time, dollars and sweat equity to make a new playground a reality for SIS students in time for the new school year.
Last Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, a group of 24 parents and staff put the finishing touches to the installation of the new playground equipment, the culmination of a two year, near $60,000 fundraising effort.
It was a tired and somewhat emotional Mrs. Collins who said as the installation wrapped up with the spreading of new mulch around the new equipment: “I did find myself fighting tears yesterday at one point – thinking of how this was just a dream two years ago, and now after lots of fundraising, planning and two days of really hard work, it’s a reality. It really speaks to ‘it takes a village’.”
While it is impossible to name every single person who helped make the playground a reality (donors to the project will be listed in this fall’s Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors), it is important to recognize those who brought it “across the finish” line last week as part of the physical installation process.
In no particular order – although a special thanks goes to Jeff and Marcia Hagan who really spearheaded the weekend installation – the following group of hardworking volunteers joined the Hagan’s to put it all together last weekend: Joe & Rita Falco, Jason Williams, Chris Smith, Sean Lindgren, Eric & Jenn McFadden, Vincent Polanco, Luis Polanco, Joe Camara, Matthew Rojo, Deepak Raj, Jose Carrasco, Todd Powell, Angel Perez, Dan Schultz, Rosemary Smylie, Brian Sheehan, Dan Tobin, and Dino Conte.
Here is a look at “a village at work:”