Youngsters at Parkside Elementary are raising money to replace their playground equipment. Their former set was deemed unsafe and removed two years ago and the area has been left bare in the hopes it will be replaced with modern equipment.

‘100 for 100’ raises cash for playground

Two years ago the aged playground equipment at Parkside Centennial Elementary was deemed unsafe and removed.

The playground area remains barren, with just the pea gravel base left, but the students and parents have raised some $20,000 for the project. This is still only halfway to the estimated cost of $40,000, however.

One father, Ernie Dombrowski, has taken it on himself to give the fundraising a major boost with what he calls the “100 for 100 campaign.”

He’s looking for 100 donors to each contribute $100 to the project, and has already gotten commitments from 20 people. That translates into another $2,000 and if he succeeds in getting pledges from another 80 people that means another $10,000 will be raised.

“Were giving it one big push; we want to see a new play structure installed by September 2011,” said Dombrowski.

“Although the playground is at the school it will benefit all the children in our Aldergrove community. Please ask your friends and family members to donate also, or take up a collection amongst your extended family or workplace. With this approach it won’t take long to reach your goal of at least $100.”

Proceeds from special events such as their pancake breakfasts, plant sales, fun fairs, and sales of chocolates and coupon books will also go to this project.

Dombrowski notes that donations to the “Parkside Elementary Playground Fund” are made through the Langley School District Foundation and that tax deductible receipts are issued for amounts over $25.

Donations can also be dropped off at the school, at 3300 – 270 Street, Aldergrove, B.C. V4W 3H2 and information can be had by calling the school, 604-856-7775, or email to

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