Playground project begins in Pittsfield

Posted Nov. 10, 2010, at 12:08 a.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The first of several planned fundraisers in support of a new playground at Vickery School will kick off Wednesday around the idea of providing a unique holiday shopping experience.

Numerous sole-proprietor vendors and local businesses have teamed up to offer a “Shopping Extravaganza” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Vickery School gymnasium.

“Nothing is designed yet [for the playground] and we have no detailed plans,” said Jolene Thies, a member of the SAD 53 pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade Parent-Teacher Organization.

The playground equipment at Vickery School has been in service for decades. However, after the Burnham Village School was closed last year as a budget-slashing measure, Vickery now houses kindergartners and first-graders, who previously went to Burnham and Manson Park schools, respectively.

According to Thies, the playground at Vickery is better-suited and safer for older students. The PTO is consulting with a playground designer to determine what the best setup would be, which will give the committee a more definitive fundraising goal.

Wednesday’s Shopping Extravaganza will feature vendors from Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Longaberger Baskets, Creative Memories, Lia Sophia, Celebrating Home, Scentsy, Simply Smart Cookies, Pink Papaya, Earrings by Erica, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware and Dove Chocolate Discoveries. In addition, numerous Pittsfield-area businesses have donated goods and services to be raffled off during the event, ranging from a gym membership to items from a local motor sports vendor.

There will be a bake sale to fuel shoppers, and Girl Scouts from Troop 650 will provide child care.

Thies said other fundraisers, including a wreath-making project, a bowlathon and possibly selling baskets in the spring, are in the works. Monetary donations would help propel the process, she said.

For more information, contact Vickery School at 487-5575.

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