Holmen boy’s YouTube video solicits donations to improve school’s perilous playground

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – Create a safe place to play.

That’s the goal of a pupil at Evergreen Primary School in Holmen who wants to improve one of his school’s playgrounds.

For years, the school has raised money to replace playground equipment, said Evergreen principal Rachel Fawver.

COVID prevented the school from getting new equipment sooner.

But the initiative of some students reinforces the effort.

Recess is a time of day to give children a break and have a little fun.

“To be on the swings, I like to be on the swings,” said 7-year-old Leo Greco.

But Greco can’t go to other parts of the playing field.

“He got older and started to break down,” Leo said.

Some equipment – ​​at least 20 years old – is wrapped in yellow tape to block its use.

“One part is completely inaccessible at this point,” Fawver said.

“We created this fundraiser, so we could have new playground equipment,” Greco said.

Leo took it upon himself to help, creating a Youtube video encourage people to donate.

“Everyone loved it,” Leo said.

They certainly do. People from across the country donated to the school’s fundraiser, Leo said.

“We even had someone from Virginia, didn’t we?” To donate,” he said.

In recent weeks, Fawver says funds have reached nearly $30,000 for new playground equipment.

“Leo’s video just continues the momentum and energy behind our community and families coming together to make sure all students have a safe place to play,” Fawver said.

In just one week, Leo’s video has been viewed nearly 300 times.

A good start for what he wants his future career to be.

“I want to be a YouTuber,” Leo said.

Make important content for an important need.

Fawver said the new playground will take place in a phased approach, totaling around $250,000.

The first phase costs $50,000, which she says will remove the old structure, add new equipment and install rubberized surfacing by the fall.

The school district did not budget for playground improvements this year prior to this fundraiser, but Fawver said school officials plan to budget money for grounds maintenance. games in the future.

Evergreen’s parent-teacher organization also helped raise funds.

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