Thank you so much for visiting our website to learn more about our Outdoor Play Learning Activity Center (OPLAC) at Woodside. I am so thankful for the time and talents of all our Lumberjacks, as our students and families are the inspiration for this project and our staff are the driving force behind it. This beautiful school and community facility would also not be possible without the generous support and forward thinking of the Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin, our Board of Education, and Superintendent Craig Broeren.
Though the initial impact will be to that of our students, this facility is sure to be one in which community members of all abilities will enjoy in multiple ways outside of the school day. It will be a place where practicing problem solving and taking turns, engaging in safe risk taking, and developing motor skills will occur, but even more special; developing friendships and making memories that last a lifetime. As people of varying abilities and backgrounds engage with one another we will become an even stronger, supportive community.
The first phase of the overall $1.7 million project will cost $1.5 million. Thankfully the majority of this expense will be funded through a very generous $1.2 million grant from the Legacy Foundation. The remaining $300,000 balance is what we are hoping to raise between now and spring of 2023 to help offset the District’s portion of the project. We plan to have the main play and activity centers ready to be used for the 2023-24 school year!
The second phase of the project will cost approximately $200,000 more and includes the addition of an outdoor classroom/activity area and the installation of pickleball courts for all in our community to enjoy. The more we are able to raise, the closer we will be to meeting our goal to complete both project phases.
I hope you see the value in our OPLAC not only for our students, but our entire community now and well into the future, and choose to become involved!
Yours in Partnership,
Julie Kolarik, Principal