For Go Big Give Day 2017, the Wood River Community Centennial Foundation has designated the funds raised to the Wood River Elementary School. Plans are being made to update the playground with trees and plants for a “child friendly” play area. Playground equipment will be updated with safer and more amenable for today’s children’s play. The playground is visible from Highway 30 so the goal is to provide a more pleasant esthetic for the town as well as safety for the children and staff. Another update being considered is a Welcome Sign by the front entrance in part that will inform visitors to the school which entrance to use.
By Participating in Go Big Day to raise funds for this project, the school will not have to utilize limited taxpayer and state funding. By providing funds for this improvement, it will allow the tax dollars to be used for educational purposes. As the plans are developed the foundation will publish them and ask for your support in this event that that will benefit Wood River youth for years to come. Go Big Give Day is Wednesday, May 3.
Go Big Give day is a 24-hour, online giving event hosted by the Grand Island Community Foundation and the Heartland United Way. 104 local nonprofit organizations have registered to participate in this one-day event. Through matching funds, bonus grants and incentive prizes, donors will see their gifts GROW with proceeds designated for the Wood River Community Centennial Foundation will stay for grants within the community.
In 2016 the Go Big Day funds were designated for the Wood River Fire and Rescue Ambulance Fund. On the day of the event $ 10,946.00 was raised. The Foundation qualified for part of the incentive prize resulting in a check received of $12,099.18 From Go Big Give 2016. The Foundation had pledged matching funds of up to $5,000.00 and with additional contributions received after that date and the William Wetterer named fund a check was presented to the Wood river Rescue Squad of $19,500.00 for the new ambulance.
As plans are being made the Foundation asked for your support in this event that will benefit the local community. More details will follow.