Cool Things Outside is a student interest group within The Circle School, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) self-directed school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1984 and moved to its dream campus in 2017. Cool Things Outside was formed in October of 2016, by a then 10-year-old student, when she found out we were moving to a new campus, with the goal of making sure we have cool things outside. Our current project is planning and raising money for a first-ever swingset on The Circle School's campus!
A group of students and staff have already spent over a year working on this project, doing research, fundraising, and getting permissions from School Meeting each step of the way, including permission to launch this campaign.
We’ve researched lots of things about getting a swingset, including the following:
-What kind of swingset we want to get, and who we want to buy it from;
-The cost of the swingset, plus installation, mulch, and borders;
-Regulations about how the swingset must be installed (a 36 foot x 32 foot footprint with nine inches of mulch!);
-Where we want to put the swingset on the campus;
-Swingset rules for our lawbook (for example, “You must be the same size or bigger than the person you are pushing.”).
We’ve spent a lot of time doing fundraising, including the following:
-Ongoing food fundraisers at school, where we make breakfast or lunch for sale;
-Five Friendly's events, where we staff a table at Friendly's and answer customer questions about our project, and Friendly’s donates a percentage of their food sales for the evening to us;
-Food fundraisers at after-school events (such as the Improv Event and Games Nights);
-Selling stuff at the school's Holiday Bazaar and at a yard sale;
-And now, this crowdfunding campaign!
We are determined to make our swingset project a reality and are excited to launch this campaign! We hope you will support us in getting a swingset that the whole school can enjoy, and please share this campaign so others can support out efforts too. Every donation, no matter the amount, gets us closer to our dream of flying!
Check out our video for more details about our project!