Ready... Set... Go! Help Kids Play.
You can make a tremendous difference in kids' lives!
You and many others over the years have come together to help support some amazing projects on the Nanaimo Christian School campus! Next up: A new playground for elementary students. A playground was already included the school's future plans, but we need it more than ever now so we're fast-tracking it as part of our Building Campaign.
WHY NOW? Student enrolment has doubled since we added our last playground. Students are spending as much time as possible learning and playing outside during the pandemic. And, far beyond the pandemic, a playground will help support their learning and well being.
LATEST PLANS: Below are drawings of the structure, which will be located between Building A & Building C. (Some minor design changes are expected.)
THE GOAL: Our goal is to raise as much as we can by December 31... $10,000 would be good, $20,000 would be great, but do you think $50,000 is possible? How amazing would this be! The total cost of the proposed playground equipment is about $100,000, not including installation. We hope to raise the total amount by Dec. 2021.
PROGRESS STATUS: $43,000 raised as of December 2020.
WEST SIDE (facing Bldg. A)
EAST SIDE (facing Bldg. C)
Pray for the staff at NCS as they equip students to “achieve success in who God has called them to be.” Sign up.
Join the playground committee. Help with fundraising, communications and eventually the installation of the new playground equipment. Sign up.
Send us your story of God at work at NCS so we can share it and encourage NCS families, staff and potential donors. Submit a story.
Give the gift of play.
Share your blessings. Consider donating to cover the cost of a playground item. Donate the use of your equipment for installation. Make a monthly pledge or one-time donation. Your gift will bring smiles for years to come!
Support COVID tuition relief.
Tuition assistance also continues to be a significant need for many NCS families. Is God leading you to bless another family in this way? Donate to help make Christian education possible for a student who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend NCS.
What your donation could buy
Here's a quick look at approximate costs of playground equipment. Thank you for considering how you can give children the gift of play. Maybe even join with a few other families so that together you can cover the cost of a slide or climbing wall.
Turning Bar ($50).
Steering Wheel Panel ($350).
Snaky Overhead Ladder ($700).
Lava Rock 4ft ($2,500).
Open Stargate Slide 6ft ($3,500).
Funnel Net 6ft ($4,000).
“Unstructured play has been shown to promote cognitive skills development (attention, concentration, ability to stay on task, and memory) and improve behaviour in class.”
-- Canadian Public Health Association’s 2019 Children’s Unstructured Play Report
“Kids RUN out the doors come recess time and the sounds of laughter can most certainly be heard. One thing we hear often is that we don't have ‘enough’ equipment and see tears about waiting for a turn on the swings or slide the ‘whole’ recess.”
Cheryl Van Zyl, Elementary School Director of Learning & Grade 3-5 Teacher