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Washington Wildcats Climb To New Heights Campaign

Help us raise money toward the second-phase of our Playground Project: the installation of a new obstacle course-like climbing structure similar to the one below! 




1. Why are we enhancing the playground now? Is the playground a priority to the community?


According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, after recess, students are more attentive and better able to perform cognitively. In addition, recess helps young children to develop social skills that are otherwise not acquired in the more structured classroom environment. We recognize the importance of play and its role in childhood development and want to provide our students with the best equipment that is sustainable and safe and allows them to play alongside and with each other. 

In addition, when the PTO conducted a survey of parents in January of 2018, sixty percent of those who answered indicated that they would like new equipment for the playground. Some of the items requested in parent comments included new climbing equipment, four-square, blacktop and track improvements, new balls and new basketball hoops.  


2. How was the structure chosen?


We interviewed the children last year during lunch.  We asked them what parts of the playground they liked, what they enjoyed at other parks around town, and if they had any special requests. For example, the addition of a wiffle-ball/kick-ball diamond on the upper blacktop was 100% student-driven and it is used almost every day during recess!  Some of the ideas the children shared for our playground included an obstacle/ninja-type course, spinning elements, and a rock-wall. 


3. What equipment or structures, if any, are being moved or removed?


The playground safety sign will be replaced with an updated sign and moved to just outside the timbers.  The floating slide will be moved between the bench and swings near the cdriveway.  The metal climbing dome will be removed.  The indented timbers that create the playground border by the four-square will be moved to create a straight border forming a large rectangular space on the playground for a new obstacle-course like structure!


4. How was a vendor selected? Did you solicit competitive bids?


We obtained competitive bids from three playground vendors who have built various playgrounds in Westfield.  We spoke with the Tamaques and Wilson PTO’s about their experiences since they both recently updated their playgrounds. We also spoke with the YMCA because one of the vendors did work for them.

5. What is the timeline?


Our hope is to order the equipment in April to ensure a summer delivery and installation.  We have set our fundraising goal for mid-March because we must have the funds available in order to get Board of Education approval and begin the ordering process.


6. How many additional fundraisers can I expect for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year?


This campaign is our only planned fundraiser for the spring.  We will continue to do our usual family-fun spring programs and activities such as game night, Somerset Patriots game, teacher volleyball game, community service night, math/science night, etc., but we do not plan on doing an additional spring fundraiser.


7. Is my donation tax-deductible?


Yes. Washington is a registered 501c(3) organization. You are not receiving any goods or services in exchange for this donation, so you can deduct it. Our tax ID number is 753-119-264/000. Please look for an emailed receipt when you donate. If you require additional information, please contact Kami Carulli at


8. Will my company match my donation?


Please contact your company directly to find out if they will match your donation. Washington is a registered 501c(3) organization.




9. Why should my family donate money to the Washington Wildcats Climb to New Heights Campaign?


Every dollar you give goes directly to The Washington School PTO. No one else is getting a cut of your money. It is all tax deductible and it is the best and fastest way to fund the playground.


10. Who will benefit from the playground?


Your kids. Our school does not have a fence so even older kids can use it on the weekends and during the summer. It will also benefit younger siblings when they attend Washington.


11. Who do I contact if I can help with a grant or corporate donation?


Co-Presidents Wendy Nitche and Jennifer Moshier or any board member.