Cole Manor play­ground cam­paign clos­ing in on goal

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Brendan Wills


The fundrais­ing ef­fort to bring a new play­ground to Cole Manor El­e­men­tary School has been steadily pick­ing up steam since teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents launched the cam­paign in the fall.

“I am very ex­cited about the progress we­have­madeso far,” said Jenny Rosen, a par­ent with stu­dents at Cole Manor who has been work­ing with teacher Iris Rolon to drum up sup­port for the cam­paign, which would re­place both play­grounds at the school. “I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing the kids play­ing on the new play­ground in the fall. This project is just the be­gin­ning for our lit­tle neigh­bor­hood school.”

As ofApril 8, the cam­paign has raised $12,400 through in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate do­na­tions and fundrais­ing events.

Re­cently, the fi­nan­cial bur­den of the project was light­ened through a pledge from Skan­ska USABuild­ing Inc. to in- stall the play­ground equip­ment for free.

Orig­i­nally, the cost of the en­tire project, from re­moval to in­stal­la­tion, was es­ti­mated at $48,000. Rolon in­di­cated Skan­ska’s pledge has re­duced the over­all cost to ap­prox­i­mately $32,000.

Ac­cord­ing to Rolon, the play­ground will also ben­e­fit the larger com­mu­nity, and not just Cole Manor stu­dents, be­cause par­ents and grand­par­ents, along with the East Nor­ri­ton Lit­tle League com­mu­nity, use the play­grounds af­ter school hours and dur­ing week­ends.

The cam­paign has hosted sev­eral fundrais­ing events through­out the year, with more planned for the near fu­ture.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are en­cour­aged to sign up for The Friends of Cole Manor Golf Out­ing to help bring stu­dents the much needed play­ground ren­o­va­tion.

The golf out­ing is April 28 at the Raven’s Claw Golf Course on Ridge Pike in Pottstown and costs $65 per golfer.

The out­ing be­gins at 8 a.m. with a shot­gun start and will be fol­lowed by lunch and bev­er­ages in the club­house for an additional price.

Spon­sor­ships for the golf out­ing are avail­able. Checks are tax-de­ductible.

Cart spon­sor­ships cost $50 and in­clude a printed sign on a cart. Hole spon­sor­ship costs $100 and in­clude a printed sign on a tee box or putting green. And event spon­sor­ships cost $1,000 and in­clude a printed sign on two tee boxes, one four­some for golf, name on plat­inum ban­ner and ta­ble tents on all ta­bles.

Pay­ments are due by April 21, and can be mailed to Cole Manor El­e­men­tary, 2350 Springview Road, Nor­ris­town, PA19401, Attn: Mrs. Iris Rolon.

Checks should be made out to Friends of Cole Manor.

Lo­cal businesses are en­cour­aged to do­nate to the play­ground project. Businesses and in­di­vid­u­als that do­nate $1,000 or more to the project can be­come plat­inum sup­port­ers and will have their name en­graved on the play­ground wel­come sign.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to sup­port the school’s play­ground ini­tia­tive, con­tact Jenny Rosen at or Iris Rolon at or 610-2755525.

Cole Manor is a K-4 el­e­men­tary school in the Nor­ris­town Area School District.

21st Century Me­dia photo / BRENDAN WILLS

The cur­rent play­ground at Cole Manor El­e­men­tary School. A golf out­ing in Pottstown April 28 will raise funds to help pay for a planned ren­o­va­tion.

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