Middle School Open House Tonight!! And June Meeting Update

There is an OPEN HOUSE at Hoosac Valley tonight at 5:30pm for middle school families.  There will be tours, information, and a presentation.  We will be there too, so stop by our table to take a chance at our Bella Sky gift basket or to purchase a Hurricane Pride water bottle!

June Meeting Updates:

  1. New playground equipment – vote to approve spending approximately $10,000 to install a new slide play structure that is geared to 2-5 year old children. Order will be placed through Site Specifics for $7k piece plus installation, concrete, etc.  The 2 pole spinners will be relocated to make room for this larger piece of equipment.
  2. Bylaws – several amendments to the PTG bylaws were presented by Erin Mucci. See Minutes6-13-2017.
  3. Elementary & Middle School finances – A discussion of financing 2 separate PTG committees. Vote to allocate  $5000 cash + $10,000 playground piece to elementary school, and allocate $8877 to middle school. Note: another checking account will be opened for the new middle school PTG.
  4. Fundraising – start of year kickoff with Yankee at elementary, middle school will do pies & cookie dough. A more detailed fundraising  plan will be developed in September-October with input from new membership next year.
  5. Election of officers – postponed to September. Each school will call meeting in September and recruit new members and officers.

Click here to download our PTG Brochure 2017 with information about our new structure

Click here to download the Minutes6-13-2017 from our June meeting


Our Playground is Coming!

That’s right…thanks to all of our fundraising efforts we were able to order the Plunkett Mega Park in time for our students to have on the very first day of school! Families, we need YOUR help. We will be doing a side-by-side playground build on August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd between 7am and 3pm. This project is for ADULTS ONLY as this is a construction site and safety rules and regulations apply.

If you can volunteer time for any part of a day, or multiple days please contact the Main Office at 743-0876 or email Mrs. Little at littlej@acrsd.net with your name and phone number. Members of our playground committee will be in touch with more specific information as the dates get closer. This is a very exciting time for our school and community and we need YOUR help to make this project come together in time for school to start on September 2nd.
Thank you!

Golf Tournament Raises $1300!

GolfPosterThank you to everyone who came out to support our golf tournament for the playground!! The weather was gorgeous and we had a great group of volunteers who came to help out.  Through the generosity of some local businesses and individuals we were able raise $1300 in just a few short hours!!  Thank you to Forest Park Country Club for your hospitality and for donating some items to our raffle!  Thank you to the 60 golfers who signed up to play.  Thank you to the volunteers who put in many hours of their time to make this evening a success.  Should we make this an annual event??

Have you donated to the playground yet??  Even small donations help!!  And you just need to click on the button!

Donate Button with Credit Cards

In Honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th Birthday

thank you noteIt started with an envelope of cash and checks at the school office.  Principal Colvin told me that they had a party for Eleanor Robinson’s 90th birthday, and they told all of the guests to give donations to the  playground in lieu of gifts. I thought that was the sweetest thing I ever heard.  I took the envelope home and entered all of the checks and cash into my spreadsheet of playground donations.  They really added up!  This party raised more money than some of our fundraisers.  But that wasn’t the end.  Over the next few months the checks kept coming!  We have received 31 donations from friends and family of Eleanor Robinson that live locally and have also sent them from all over Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  Each one with a note, “In honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th birthday.”

You’ll notice on the Playground Fundraising page that there is a section with tallies for Boxtops, Pennies for the Playground, etc.  We’ve added “In honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th Birthday” to the tally section because the contributions have been so significant and we are so thankful for them.  To-date the total is $1,645.

Thank You!!

Focus on Fitness at the Next Generation Playground this Summer

playground schematicA new playground, Plunkett Mega Park Playground, will replace the former wooden structure, Wacky World, with a modern, eco-friendly playground design that is fully accessible and supports youth fitness this summer!!  The new playground, equipped with slides, swings, climbing systems, and fitness equipment, was named and partly designed by the students at CT Plunkett. Before school was out for the summer, students were asked to come up with names for the new playground, then they voted on the top 5 names and Mega Park was the most popular choice. Students were also asked to draw a diagram of their ideal playground design. The most popular equipment for the playground was, above all, swings and slides. Childhood educators know that some of the most essential learning happens on the school playground. Children learn to challenge themselves physically, and develop fitness habits and an awareness of the importance of daily exercise.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that the rate of childhood and adolescent obesity has nearly tripled over the last twenty years. Playgrounds, free play, and outdoor physical activity programs play a critical role in providing resources to get kids moving.We will maximize the use of the playground to promote physical activity, develop wellness habits, and meet national standards for physical fitness – all in the context of fun.  Our physical education classes will have access to the playground, which has many apparatuses that strengthen core muscles, develop coordination, encourage full body balance, and focus on upper body strength. We want to develop healthy habits in America’s youth because we know the most reliable way to become a healthy adult is to be an active and healthy child.

To date we have been able to raise $56,309.00 toward the playground fund. We have our wonderful students, families, area businesses and community to thank for working so hard to raise funds. Our playground will have room to grow. Our goal is to add different pieces of equipment over time to encourage adults and children in the community to exercise for better health.

Students and staff have been busy fundraising all year long. We have donation cans decorated by our students placed at area businesses, a spaghetti supper was held at Bounti Fare in February, the Adams Ale house held a fundraiser, Pizza Jim’s pizza cards were sold, we held a Father-Daughter Dance, and continuously collected donations in our Wishing Well. Plus we were awarded grants from the William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy and the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.

Our current fundraiser is a golf tournament being held at Forest Park Country Club on Friday July 11 starting at 3:00. There are still a couple of team spots available, and we are looking tee sponsors at $25 and raffle items as well. Email ctpptg@acrsd.net to sign up or call FPCC.

The playground committee met with several playground vendors and an RFP for the project went out in June. Several proposals were submitted and after careful review the committee has selected Site Specifics, LLC of Rochester, MA to bring our new playground to life. Cindy Maak of Site Specifics has created a wonderful design that has incorporated all of the items requested by the students and the committee to meet the fitness focus, the accreditation standards, and the fun! She has extensive experience designing and building playgrounds and we are excited to be working with her.

Next week the committee will begin the work of determining how much of the playground design can be installed prior to the start of school in September, with the money we have raised to-date. Time is running out as decisions have to be made and orders need to be placed. We are approximately $20k short of our goal and are looking to any businesses or individuals who have been thinking about donating to please do it now! Even small donations have helped us to raise over $56k in just one year. Let’s finish this project with a full playground!

Donations can be made by mailing your check to CT Plunkett PTG, 14 Commercial St., Adams MA 01220, by going to our website www.ctplunkettptg.org and donating online, or at Adams Community Bank.

The children are thrilled to have a playground this fall and we can’t thank our community enough for your very generous support!

Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Playground!

Friday July 11 at Forest Park Country Club

4-person Captain and Crew $25/person

We are looking for 16 teams to play in this Friday night tournament.  Sign up for tee times starting at 3pm.GolfPoster  There’s a poster sign-up at the club or you can email us at ctpptg@acrsd.net to register your team.

Registration fee includes golf and dinner at the club (hot dogs/burgers/salads/dessert)

There will be raffles too!  All money raised will go in the playground fund!

Gather a team and register today!


How many pizzas can you eat??

pizza sliceThanks to Pizza Jim’s, we are selling gift cards for a large cheese pizza (big enough to feed a hungry family of 4!) for only $10.00 each. The cards can be used for pick up or delivery, but you MUST present the card at the time of sale to get your pizza! We are attempting to sell 500 pizza cards, and we need YOUR help!! Every card sold guarantees a $2 dollar donation to our Plunkett Playground Fund! We have a chance to raise $1,000 in just this one fundraiser! That’s enough money to add a couple more swings or climbing pieces to our playground design!!

If you are interested in purchasing a pizza gift card please stop in at the Main Office at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School!  You can print out an order form and send it in with your child by clicking here too!

THANK YOU, in advance for helping us move one step closer to getting our playground installed this summer for the children in our school and community!

Wouldn’t your family like a couple of pizzas tonight??  Pizza-order-form

Adams Ale House Fundraiser This Week!

AdamsAleHouseThe Adams Ale House has generously offered to donate 10% of your check at their restaurant to anyone who brings in one of these coupons this Wednesday-Sunday!  Click here to print out your Adams Ale House flyer!  Bring your coupon into the Ale House this week.  Each flyer has 4 coupons for you to use or share.

Eat at the Adams Ale House Wednesday March 19-Sunday March 23 and 10% of your check will be donated to the playground fund.

Eat, drink, cheers!

Can we reach $45k before March?

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or donated to Pasta for Plunkett Playground on February 11th!  It was a great success and the final tally reached $3,056!  This is a nice boost in reaching our goal.  In addition to the dinner, the proceeds from this year’s Father-Daughter Dance are also being given to the playground fund.  Thank you!!

As of today, our total is $44,773 toward our minimum project budget of $80,000.

What’s happening with the project now?

  1. The playground committee is currently scheduling meetings with playground companies to get their proposals for our new playground.  Once the companies have heard our ideas, and shown us their vision for our new playground, we will be sharing these ideas and working with the staff and children at CT Plunkett to select a company
  2. Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising!  We still have a long way to go in order to build a new playground this spring.  What can you do to help?  Are you collecting your BoxTops and sending them in??  We hope to get more donations coming in from our local business community, and are working with a few local businesses who have approached us about helping with a fundraising event at their locations.  Details to come!!

Did you notice our new button?

Let everyone know that it is easy to donate any amount to the project just by clicking that button right there! Donations by credit card or Paypal are accepted!
Donate Button with Credit Cards

Fuel Raffle Drawing @ Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday

fuelraffleHave you gotten all of your fuel raffle tickets in yet?  If not get them in by Monday because we will have our drawing at the spaghetti supper on Tuesday!

This year we will have 2 winners of $250 each toward their winter fuel bill.  Come down to the Pasta for the Plunkett Playground event on Tuesday from 4-8 pm to take a chance at our other raffle items as well.

Raffle item donations are still needed.  If you have a gift basket, item, or gift certificate that we can put into the raffle please bring them to the school or contact us.  Thank you!

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