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The CPC is raising money for a new playground, as the current playground set was installed over 20 years ago.

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A hoop on one of the two outdoor courts at the Canajoharie Elementary/Middle School is currently without a backboard.


CPC fundraisers bring in money for new playground

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Updated: 5:42 PM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- The three-member Canajoharie Playground Committee has been working since September to raise money for the installation of a new playground at the East Hill Elementary School.

The group would like to have new playground equipment installed on the hill overlooking the elementary/middle school, which also currently contains a swing-set and basketball courts. The bulk of the current playground was installed over 20 years ago, and CPC Chair Amanda Haig stated of the wooden structure, "it's just really outdated."

Only one playground is currently accessible to the nearly 700-member elementary and middle school population. While the district's youngest kids utilized a small playground on the school's property prior to this school year, it has been closed since September.

The group has raised just over $23,000 since September, and they hope to raise a tentative total of $100,000 by the end of 2015. So far, the group has held a successful tupperware sale, a fall festival, Breakfast with Santa and most recently, during the month of March, a pre-k through 8th grade Gertrude Hawk chocolate sale, which brought in an impressive $14,300.

The CPC also recently applied for a $25,000 Wal-Mart grant.

The CPC is currently in the process of receiving estimates for the cost of a new playground, which, depending on purchase and installation price, could potentially lower the current $100,000 goal. 

The group is always planning new fundraisers, the current being a t-shirt sale, which the Parent-Teacher Association and CCS Booster Club is assisting with. For $20, ($12 of which will go toward the CPC's goal of building the playground), a black and gold shirt can be purchased that states "I helped the Lil' Cougars  get a new playground."

The shirts are available now at

Haig noted that the group is looking to install a structure playground with slides and stationary equipment attached, along with a big, separate piece of climbing equipment. Another possibility is the installation of a seesaw that can facilitate numerous kids, and Haig said she'd like to see new basketball court equipment purchased, as one of the two courts located in the vicinity of the playground has a missing backboard and hoop, making one full court mostly useless.

The CPC has viewed Fort Plain Central School District's playground for inspiration, though they're not looking to copy it exactly. While it'll provide a guide, Haig said they want to use it as an example, but make the CCS playground "our own."

"We would like to thank everybody that has contributed -- community, staff, parents that have helped with our fundraising events, and businesses that have made donations," Haig said, noting that any future donations are greatly appreciated. 

"We're really in need of any type of help," she explained.

The CPC is also currently running a campaign wherein they're trying to inform people of an opportunity to win a playground. Until June 30, you can visit to vote for the Canajoharie Elementary School, who is in the running for the free installation of new equipment. At the web-site, fill out a simple form with your name and e-mail address (which can be done once each day) to vote for the school.

The district is also part of the Colgate Oral Care brigade, making them eligible for the contest. As part of the promotion, you can bring Colgate packaging (toothpaste boxes, toothbrush packaging, used toothpaste containers, used toothbrushes) to the school. All recycled packaging will earn the district credits for a new playground.

The Nelliston Redemption Center is also taking can/bottle donations for the cause. When dropping off cans and bottles, mention that the donation should benefit the Canajoharie playground project.

To donate money for new playground equipment, or for information about how you can help, contact Haig at (518) 928-4407.


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