Greendale elementary parents are fundraising to purchase and place inclusive equipment for the school playground, similar to the playground installed at Evans elementary. (Submitted photo)

Greendale elementary parents are fundraising to purchase and place inclusive equipment for the school playground, similar to the playground installed at Evans elementary. (Submitted photo)

Greendale elementary fundraising for inclusive playground

Test drive event, market and silent auction to help Chilliwack-area school

Greendale elementary is hoping to make their playground more accessible to all of its students, and a fundraiser is underway for those who want to help.

The Parents Advisory Council has set out to purchase a new disc swing, merry-go-round and the hard rubber surface to go around and under the equipment. The equipment is inclusive and accessible, allowing students with varying abilities to get outdoors and play.

A similar playground was placed at Evans elementary and is a popular feature for that neighbourhood. In total, the Greendale PAC is hoping to raise $20,000 for the project.

The fundraiser takes place on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes numerous ways to donate to the project, including a silent auction, market and hot dog sale.

They will also be fundraising in a way that’s become popular among schools, because it only takes people’s time instead of money — a Ford Drive One 4 Your School event. For every household that test drives a Ford car, on site at the school, Ford will donate $20. Test drivers must be at least 18 years old.

All funds raised are going toward the project, and there are also options to donate directly to the cause. Donations can be dropped off at the school, silent auction items can be discussed via email with at karaebiersteker@gmail.com, and donations are being accepted online at their site on You Caring.

For more information, contact the PAC at greendalepac@live.com. Greendale elementary is located at 6621 Sumas Prairie Rd.