The NEW Martinson Elementary School Playground

Please support the new playground. Please buy a brick or sponsor play equipment and show your lasting
commitment to play for all Martinson students and the broader Marshfield community.

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Brick sales and equipment sponsorship open until September 30th.

We are excited to announce the launch of our “Pave The Path to Play” fundraiser.  

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers

Martinson Elementary School (MES) is building a new playground in the fall of 2017! The new playground equipment will offer students more dynamic, accessible, safe, and challenging play options. The new playground will better meet the needs of today’s MES students with multi-sensory outdoor fun.

Background

In the fall of 2016 a group of Martinson Elementary School parents formed the Martinson Playground Committee. The Committee’s goal is to improve and update Martinson’s playground structures and fields.

Along with the MES administration, the Committee found that most of the School playground equipment is over 30 years old.  It was originally installed at Furnace Brook Middle School but moved to MES in 1999 when MES transitioned to an elementary school. The play structure has very limited play options and limited accessibility for disabled students.

MES is the largest elementary school in the Marshfield school district.  It’s close proximity to the new Marshfield High School and surrounding athletic fields has meant more families seeking play options for younger children. The school needs a playground that can fully accommodate the numbers and diversity of its student body and surrounding community.

Among the many playground equipment companies the Committee considered, it was a unanimous decision to contract with KOMPAN. KOMPAN has the best product line, in terms of superior and durable quality, as well as innovative and thoughtful designs for maximum playability. KOMPAN has a proven track record as one of the best playground equipment companies in southeast Massachusetts. The Martinson school staff and students are really excited as they learn more about the new playground equipment coming to MES. Please visit the FAQs page for more specifics about KOMPAN products.

The MES Playground Committee has been tirelessly fundraising to make this playground a reality.   We are sincerely appreciative of the generous contribution from the MES PTO to grant $5,000 to the playground and an additional $5,000 from Jog-A-Thon funds.   The Marshfield Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has recommended to Town vote to grant MES $130,000 of CPC funding. And the Department of Public Works (DPW) will lend up to $35,000 of their services to help with the site preparation and installation of the new playground. We are applying for several grants as well.

As of March 2017 we are $175,000 closer to our goal of meeting the expected project budget of $250,000. We are on track for success!

Now it’s up to us to raise $30,000 in brick sales, play equipment sponsorships and other donations to build the best playground for Martinson students for many years to come!

We need your help! Please buy a brick, engraved with your custom message, installed at the new MES playground in the fall of 2017. Another option is sponsorship of a specific piece of playground equipment (please see the list below). Your sponsorship will be recognized on a special donor’s board inside the front hall of Martinson Elementary School.

Please make a tax-deductible donation in any amount on our secure website. All proceeds go directly to the new MES playground.

Many volunteers are involved and many more are needed. Please contact us at martinsonplayground@gmail.com if interested to help out or would like more information about the project.

The Martinson Playground Committee
 
Marcy Strazer Concannon
Joanie Pozerski
Adrienne Vigilante
Anna Baker
 
Thank you to our Sponsors
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Brick purchase options

$100 Donation

4″ x 8″ Brick

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$250 Donation

8″ x 8″ Brick

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$500 Donation

8″ x 8″ brick with optional logo

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Sponsor a piece of play equipment

Your sponsorship will be specially recognized on a sponsor board inside Martinson School

 

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Explorer Dome

Supernova

Spinner Bowl

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“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
~Winston Churchill

If you are not able to support the project financially but would like to contribute your time to help us out, please email us at martinsonplayground@gmail.com


All donations will go directly to the MES PTO Playground fund.  MES PTO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


BRICK SALES AND EQUIPMENT SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO ORDER THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH

 
Thank you SO much to all our Playground donors to date! We have raised close to $30,000 !!    Our new brick pathway to the playground is filling up with awesome, inspiring and beautiful messages commemorating each family's generous donation to this project.
 
If you haven't made your donation, no worries, brick sales are and options to sponsor a piece of play equipment are on-going through August. Several families have opted to buy a brick and sponsor a swing.
Other parents have had their employers match their donation.
Some of the youngest MES students have offered their $1,75 in piggy bank savings.........
Other kids have had lemonade stands and cranberry stands earning money specifically for the playground.
 
This all adds up to awesome kids, awesome MES families and supporters, ALL helping to build our awesome new playground this fall!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Martinson Elementary School (MES) need a new playground?

Most of the equipment is over 30 years old. It was originally installed at Furnace Brook Middle School (FBMS) in Marshfield but moved to MES in 1999 when MES transitioned to an elementary school. The play structure has very limited play options and limited accessibility for disabled students. The monkey bars are currently only allowed for 4th-5th graders for safety reasons. The swings are rusty, old and still missing one swing seat and chain.

MES is the largest school in the Marshfield school district and needs a playground that can fully accommodate the numbers and diversity of its student body.

What equipment are we buying? From whom?

Learn about the company that we are buying the playground equipment from

We chose Kompan (click to visit their company website) because…

  • They offer excellent, long-lasting, durable, safe and exciting play equipment.
  • Their play structures meet a variety of interests, abilities and ages, though targeted at age 5-12.
  • The equipment accommodates more kids, offers more play options, more social, inclusive, collaborative play and more multi-sensory challenges.
  • It is a company with an excellent track record, customer service, integrity and responsiveness to our needs.
  • We believe they will design the best and most exciting playground for Martinson students.

Which Kompan equipment will the playground include?

  • Play structure with 360 degree design, slide, gliding poles and multiple play options.
  • Explorer Dome: mixed materials cables and climbing
  • Bloqx : Three dimensional climbing and bouldering
  • Super Nova: ring spinner for standing or sitting
  • Spicas: 1-4 person spinning poles
  • Spinner Bowls: one person, very desirable for ASD students.
  • Swings and Basket swings. Basket swing can hold up to 4 kids.

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