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Invest In Woodside Pride!

Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools is launching a fundraising campaign in support of the future Outdoor Play, Learning, Activity Center (OPLAC) to be located on the Woodside Elementary School campus. The OPLAC will be designed to increase outdoor opportunities for students with and without disabilities to play and learn alongside one another, as well as create a welcoming place for families beyond the school day. The addition of pickleball courts in the second phase of the project will be an enhancement for all in our community to enjoy for many years to come!

Amount Raised

Goal: $300,000

Fundraising Goal

The OPLAC consists of multiple phases. The first phase includes the main play and activity centers on the east and west sides of campus. The District has received a generous grant from Legacy Foundation to support $1.2 million of the first phase of the projected $1.5 million cost.  The goal is to fundraise $300,000 between now and the spring of 2023 to offset District expenses.  An additional phase of the project includes the construction of an outdoor learning center and installation of pickleball courts for an additional cost of $200,000. The overall projected cost of both phases is $1.7 million – the more that is raised, the closer we will be to reaching our goal to complete both project phases!

Project Renderings

Notable Project Features

 Accessible & Inclusive

Multiple Play Areas

Social Play: Playhouse & Seating

Sensory Play: Auditory, Tactile & Visual

Soft Play Surface

Playground Longevity: 20-25 Years

Outdoor Learning Opportunities

Enhancements for Community Enjoyment

Note From Woodside’s Principal

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
Woodside Pride!

Giving Levels

Below are the different giving levels that are available in support of the first phase of the OPLAC. These levels will be recognized via a donor display within the Woodside Elementary campus.

Wisconsin Rapids Pride


Woodside Pride


Grand Lumberjack Champion


Paul Bunyan


  • Shad and Christina Williams
  • Family Fun Fest Fundraiser
  • Paper City Savings

Babe the Blue Ox


  • Daly Drug
  • 23-24 Woodside PTO

Friends of Woodside


  • Jessica Fox
  • Julie Kolarik
  • Dean and Debra Schoenick
  • John Moffat
  • Mary & Len Ironside
  • Nina Mairs and Mick Veum
  • Olivia Roubik
  • In Memory of Sandra Heineck-Marsh
  • John E Butler IV
  • In Memory of Lee & Judy McGuire
  • Randy Blom Drivers Education Specialists
  • Finley Arendt
  • Beckett Arendt
  • In honor of Karen Medo
  • Dave, Connie, Natalie and Ryan Bohn
  • The Kobrigers
  • Kalvin & Becky Dorshorst
  • Pio Family
  • Frances Jacques
  • Homann Family
  • Jim and Vicki Herzberg
  • Derek and Nicole Crowley
  • The Klingforth Family
  • The Pixler Family
  • Sand Country Electric
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Dylan & Wendy Lorence
  • Addyson & Haylee Rogus
  • Emma and Nolan Rogers
  • Libby Rosandick
  • Kathy Surendonk
  • Delta Dental
  • Mason and Morgan Bauer
  • Ronald & Sandy Hett
  • In Memory of Sandra Roubik
  • Scott, Deb, Andy, Adam & Matt Edwards
  • Matthew Ironside
  • In memory of Grandpa Doug Borre
  • In honor of Scott Sigourney
  • Grayson & Maxton Klingforth

“Axe” of Kindness

< $125
Donation must exceed $125 to reserve naming recognition on the donor display at OPLAC. All donations, including donations under $125, will be recognized on the online donor wall.

  • Kirsten Kissner
  • Sheila & Brandon Michels
  • Bohn Trucking
  • Pang Yang
  • Jacob Cattanach
  • Jane Hildebrandt

Donate Online

Please follow the link below to contribute online to this phase of the Woodside Elementary OPLAC project.


All checks should be made payable to the “Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools” with the writing “Woodside Elementary OPLAC” in the memo.

Checks can be dropped off at the District Office or mailed:

Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools
510 Peach Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494


Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Questions regarding contributions should be referred to your tax advisor. Please contact Julie Kolarik, Woodside Principal, for further details on how to donate via cash.

More Information

 For additional information on how you can support the first phase of the OPLAC project or future phases, please reach out to: 

Julie Kolarik

Woodside Principal



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