Thank You!

Our 2nd Annual Chase the Rainbow Color Run was a great success. We had beautiful weather, great raffle baskets & vendors, and most importantly awesome participants and volunteers!  We cannot say thank you enough to our sponsors, event volunteers, and PTA committee members for such a fantastic event.

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Raffle Baskets, Vendors, Runners!

We are about 2 weeks out (Sunday April 28th) from our 2nd Annual Chase the Rainbow Community Color Run/Walk. You can still register hereimg_4771

This year we are excited to announce that we will have vendors at the event, including:

  • Norwex  -chemical free cleaning products
  • Usborne Bokos – children’s books
  • Upside Down Owl Farm – candles, soaps, painted glass
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • The Batch Witch – lotions, hand creams, lip balm, scrubs, etc
  • Color Street Nails
  • T’s by B – tie dyed clothing & accessories made by a young man with autism
  • Lula Roe
  • Nicole’s Nifty Fleece Projects & Wreaths
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Thirty -One Gifts

We also have over 30+ raffle baskets that you can buy tickets for. We have some really great prizes: tickets to Davis Farmland, Southwick Zoo, Providence Childrens Museum. Gift cards to Brasa Brazilian BBQ, Cardi’s Furniture, Krafty Sisters. Memberships to RISD Art Muesum & the RW Botonical Gardens. A new bike and more!

We also are extremely grateful to our sponsors. Their help & your participation means more funds for transforming the outdoor space at our school.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to help, you can donate here:

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$75,000 for a New Playground

For over 30 years neighboring sand dunes have destroyed the outdoor space at Hopkins Hill Elementary School, a title 1 school in Coventry, RI. The school has had issues with dirt bikes, drug paraphernalia, and construction debris on school property. During extremely windy days, the school has had to cancel recess. For the last 3 years the PTA has worked hard to revitalize the space including lobbying the school committee for a fence, hosting fundraisers like our Chase the Rainbow Color Run/Walk, planting trees with the RI Tree Council, and an upcoming project with the Girl Scouts of Southern New England to build an outdoor classroom.
 
But the price tag for a new certified playground, the only kind approved by the school’s insurance company, is still far out of reach. The playground pictured in the video costs $65,000 plus $5000 for ground covering (mulch, etc), and then an additional cost for installation. With our average yearly donation rate, it would take the PTA over 20 years to save enough money for a new playground.
 
In Coventry, the PTAs are responsible for playground equipment. Our current playground is old and situated near the parking lot without a fence. Additionally the insurance company has deemed many of the structures unsafe for grades k & 1, leaving them without many recess options despite the fact that free play is essential to learning. Research shows that “play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function (ie, the process of learning, rather than the content), which allow us to pursue goals and ignore distractions” (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/3/e20182058 ).
 
A new playground would not only benefit the nearly 400 students enrolled at the school, but the neighboring community as well. As a Title 1 school 45% or more of our student body qualify for free or reduced lunch. The school also runs a food pantry open to students and members of the local community. A small group of students, in conjunction with a reading teacher, are currently planning a little free library for the school grounds. The PTA wants the grounds to match the goals and spirit of the school, to provide for the students and the community. Please help.
 
The Hopkins Hill PTA thanks you for your time and generosity.

Thank you to Dave’s Market, CVS, Arlington RV, and American Paint & Sandblasting!

We are so grateful to Dave’s Marketplace, CVS, Arlington RV, and American Paint & Sandblasting. All are official sponsors of the 2nd Annual Chase the Rainbow Community Color Run/ Walk. mix sponsor

We have also received a lot of great donations for our raffle baskets including: gift cards to Cardi’s Furniture and Krafty Sisters, membership to Audubon Society of RI, passes to Launch, Bounce U, & Blackstone River Valley Cruises, and much more!

New this year, we will have a vendor marketplace. Stayed tuned for details. Plus you can shop the marketplace and buy raffle tickets even if you are not running!

Mark your calendar: Sunday April 28th, 8:30 am.

You can register for the event here and find out more about sponsoring/donating here.

2nd Annual Chase the Rainbow Color Run/Walk: April 28th

Ready to Run?

On April 28th we will host our 2nd Annual Chase the Rainbow Color Run/Walk, open to img_4771the entire community (rain date May 5th). This event is part of an on-going effort to revitalize the playground and outdoor space at Hopkins Hill which has been severely damaged by neighboring sand dunes. Funds raised from last year’s event went to new swings and over a dozen new trees planted with the help of the RI Tree Council. We are also underway with plans to hopefully to construct an outdoor classroom this spring.

It is great progress but we are far from our goal. We need a new playground structure. Our current playground, built over 15 years ago, was financed by the PTA. As much as we love the playground, we are aware that the structures are old. Current prices for certified playground structures for ages 5 to 11 start out around $60,000.

We are currently looking for sponsors and raffle basket donations. You can also register for the event here.