The highlight of our financial year as a non-profit is our yearly Fall Festival. The success of this year;s festival, which was held October 17h, was due to our many volunteers and sponsors. So many people and groups donate time, money and resources throughout the year and without them Kidsgrove would not remain the fun, safe place for our kids to play that it has always been. So we just wanted to say a big thank you to all of them from our board members and maintenance crew to our student volunteers from SU to the many church groups and businesses that support Kidsgrove throughout the year.
This year we had some awesome inflatable attractions for kids. The bounce house was sponsored by Christopher Kenawell CHFC State Farm Insurance of Selinsgrove and the slide was sponsored by Selmax. A special thanks to these two sponsors!
We would also like to thank all of the vendors and others who were at the Fall Festival with games and informational stuff for kids and parents. Also, a big thank you to all of those who donated items for our basket raffle!
Here are a couple of photos from the Fall Festival setup.
The ongoing maintenance of Kidsgrove is something that requires a lot of time and effort from a lot of people. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful people volunteer here at Kidsgrove throughout the course of the year. Many are individuals and others are part of groups and every one of them is appreciated.
Several Saturdays ago we welcomed the services of a great group of students from Susquehanna University who were part of the SU G.I.V.E. program. The program is for Freshman students and this year we had an especially fine group.
Some of the projects they helped with were; scrubbing wood on the fence and various features in the little kids area in preparation for the application of sealant, weeding and distribution of mulch in the many flower and plant beds around Kidsgrove, weed wacking around the park and sifting out the sand in the main sandbox to remove debris (and animals love our sandbox).
Below is a gallery of some photos I took of the Susquehanna students at work. If you have some time and would like to volunteer at Kidsgrove please contact us!
Kidsgrove has been providing a fun and safe place to play in Selinsgrove for many, many children for over 17 years. Through the supportive assistance of our community, and without funding from taxpayer monies, we work diligently to maintain and improve the park each year. This year Kidsgrove’s restroom facilities are the focus of our efforts.
Our restroom facilities serve the thousands of visitors to Kidsgrove, as well as to the adjacent parks and soccer fields. This renovation is greatly needed in part because of the number of people who use the facilities and in part because of the age of the facilities. In planning the restroom renovation, we had paid particular attention to increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities, and to decreasing any harmful effect on the environment.
Kidsgrove has gathered nearly two-thirds of the needed funding thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, such as Aubrey Alexander Toyota, and grants received from area foundations and trusts, including the Degenstein Foundation. Our selected contractor is ready to begin the work as soon as we are. It is our hope that you would consider making a donation to help us to complete this project.
Kidsgrove is a private, non-profit, 501 (c)3 organization; all donations are tax-deductible. In addition to providing the necessary documentation for tax purposes, we would also include mention of our donors in future publications.
We were able to raise the necessary funds and have purchased the Neos Wall which is manufactured by PlayWorld Systems in Lewisburg, PA. We have also purchased a Neos Ring for the younger children. They were installed in the summer of 2013 as an Eagle Scout Project for Gage Cooper.
***See the video below of the Neos Wall as well as a pictures of the new equipment at Kidsgrove***
All of us on the Kidsgrove Board would like to say a huge Thank You! to everyone who volunteered their time at Kidsgrove this summer. They pulled weeds, spread mulch, painted the stage and mini-town, built a stone patio area and spread wood chips throughout the playground. Kidsgrove could not exist without you!
We are participating in the Raise the Region Fundraising event on March 12 and 13. You can make your donation to Kidsgrove by going to www.raisetheregion.org or by going to our home page and completing the form that will go directly to Raise the Region.