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The project will create a fenced-in outdoor play area for children to play in behind the Charter House. This is a unique opportunity for Middlebury College students to create a long-term space for community children in need. With the creation of this space, students will form a connection with the house and the people living in it. Connections will continue to form between the children and students with the start of Wednesday evening activities. Midd students will organize and run activities for neighborhood children who often have little opportunity for active play after school ends.

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Dollars Raised: 100%

Funding Details

Deadline: Mar 31, 2014
Total needed: $1,700


MiddSTART Charter House Team
Eliza Turner '13 Neuroscience Madison, WI
James McMillan '14 English and American Literatures Vancouver, BC
Adam Schiff '15 Physics Pueblo, CO
Matthew Weinert-Stein '14 Neuroscience and Religion Chagrin Falls, OH (missing from photo)


MiddSTART Charter House area
Area where playground will be installed

Every year the volunteer-based, College and community-supported Charter House provides shelter to three to four Addison County families in need. Having volunteered at the Charter House for three years, I have noticed that the children lack a safe, designated area to play outside. With a team of college volunteers, current students and alumni, I plan to fund, design, and build a fenced-in outdoor play area for children living at the Charter House and in the neighborhood.

Growing up, I spent a few years in a similar environment to the Charter House. My most positive memories were spent outside playing with other kids. Without a safe play area, children at the Charter House cannot go outside, even if they want to. Board games, computer games, and toys can only entertain so much.

Projected Budget: $1,700 Total
Bark mulch: $48.00 per cubic yard = $300
Swings + slide: $300
Tire swing: $5
Horse swing: $40
Slide + 60 inch play deck + sandbox underneath = $599.98 (10 year warranty)
Tires, stumps, toys and buckets: free ** projected donations
Paint & Supplies: $50
Picket fence: $30/section, 8 sections=$240
Fence posts: 11 posts @ $5=$55
Fence gate: $30
Landscape (dirt and flowers): $50.00

We will communicate with donors with emails to current and past Charter House volunteers, both from the community and the College and church bulletins

2 Responses to “Playground for Charter House”

  1. Yuan says:

    All the best James!!! and glad to see Elizabeth and Adam on board!! =D

  2. Robin Curtis says:

    Great project! All my best wishes from Vancouver! -Robin

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