8/1/2008 - Fairmount School, Project Playground, Paver Program and Ongoing Events (Updated 10/21/08)

The Hackensack Rotary is hosting a Beef & Brew ...
Good news!  For every ticket $50 Beef & Brew ticket that is purchased by a Fairmount Project Playground supporter, Hackensack Rotary will donate $20 to the playground.  The only catch is we need to have a good handle on the number by next Tuesday.  We can even reserve tables if a bunch of people come.
Anyone attending the Beef & Brew who wishes to support the Playground should send their information to:
Amanda Missey
Click here for the form.  

Do Good.  Feel Good.
The Volunteer Center
Bricks - last call!
Brick orders are being accepted until Friday, October 17.
Please get your orders in as soon as possible!
Order forms for bricks.
We still need many, many more tools!  We promise they will be returned to you.  If anything happens to them, we will replace them!
We especially need corded drills, circular saws, hammers, extension cords, tape measures, shovels, and rakes. 
Please see the tools list, and bring them by the playground tomorrow!
Potluck Dinner - Sunday, October 12
Please bring a dish to the food tent by 11am on Sunday. 
Also, join us for the ribbon cutting at 6:00pm!
Bricks - last call!
Brick orders are being accepted until Friday, October 17.
Please get your orders in as soon as possible!
Order forms for bricks.
Thank you, everyone, now Let's Build It!!!

If you have not already ordered your brick for Fairmount Project Playground, please do so!
All orders for 2008 are due by Friday, October 17. 
The bricks will be ordered and engraved so they can be laid when the ground is ready.
Please send your brick order forms and payment to:
Fairmount Project Playground
105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Attn: Brick order

Order forms for bricks
Thank you!  We hope to see you at the build starting this Wednesday, October 8!
The next 6 days are going to be very busy ones!!
Here's what's happening with the Playground:
The electricity is in place on the construction site - thanks to Figlia Electric.
Today, holes are being dug for posts and the site is being prepared by
J. Fletcher Creamer, United Water, All-County Welding, James Kurpiel, and Wickersheim and Sons.
We need lots and lots of tools!  Especially
  • hammers
  • shovels
  • 3/8" drills
  • 25 foot electrical cords
  • wheelbarrows
  • circular saws
  • tape measures
Please bring these items and anything else you have to the playground the
is Saturday between 12 and 5 and any time on Sunday.  The complete list is attached as a Word file.
Your tools will be assigned a number and logged in.  They will be checked in and out and locked securely when not being used.
If any damage occurs, WE WILL REPLACE THEM!  GUARANTEED!  Please contact Ron Hellpap with questions:
201-681-9647 or rbh116@verizon.net.
We are so close, but yet so far!! Our push to collect $1 from each of 20,000 people is off to a very promising start! We have already gotten almost $5,000!!  Please talk to all your friends, neighbors, email contacts, colleagues, you get the idea. This is a really exciting project.  The more people who invest in it, the more our community will share in the pride and ownership of this wonderful gift!
We are already up to $600!  Ask all your friends.
We will be at the Upper Main Alliance Street Festival this Sunday, October 5.
Come visit us at our table, or let us know if you can work at the table for an hour or two.
Remember why this is important...
Here are some comments we've gotten from people who helped in 1989...
I was there for the first one and would like to be a part of the new project.

As a graduate of Fairmount who still knows all the words to our Alma Mater, I have deeply fond memories of my years there.  It was a pleasure to contribute to your project.
I assisted in builiding the structure that you will be removing soon and would love to be involved with the project again.
I was one of those people who built the playground!  I was out there at 6:00 am unitl 8:00 am, taught, and then back out there till after 10:00pm.  I had so much fun!  I would love to help out again!


Project Playground needs to collect $1 from 20,000 people!!  Can you help? Please help Fairmount Project playground reach our goal!

We are building from  October 8-12!



Fairmount Project Playground begins in only 16 more days!!
Don't forget to send in your volunteer form!
The build dates are:
Wednesday, October 8
Thursday, October 9*
Friday, October 10
Saturday, October 11
Sunday, October 12
Shifts are four hours, and everyone gets fed!
Why Participate in Fairmount Project Playground?

Getting involved with Fairmount Project Playground is about more than just building some slides.  It's about community.  This is an opportunity to work side by side with your neighbors in a way that is rare in these busy times.  Everyone who works on this project will have a special bond to one another and to the community.  When the build is over, every single person who helped will be able to look to the completed project with pride and know that they created something very special.

There is no greater experience than being part of a team, with each member giving their all with a feeling of good will and cooperation.

While you work, your children will be well cared for and enetertained by our childcare crew.  Please indicate whether you will be using our childcare service when you confirm your volunteer shift.  Children must bring a bagged lunch, but may eat with their parent when their shift ends.   Every volunteer will be fed deliciously prepared meals, many donated by local food establishments.

Progress on the playground...

As you know, we have been working hard to raise money for the playground.  We have surpassed our $100,000 mark, and our goal has been reduced to $130,000.  We are awaiting notification on grants that we've applied for, but we still need every bit we can get!  If you are able to contribute financially, any and every bit will be appreciated!

There is still time to buy an engraved brick for $100.

There are still a few components available.  Please contact us if you're interested in sponsoring a component .

Raffle tickets for the laptop computer, XBox 360, and digital camera will be sold through this Thursday, September 25.  The drawing will be held Thursday at 7:00pm in the Fairmount School auditorium. 

If you pass by the playground, you will see that it has been transformed into a construction site.  Many thanks to our faithful crew who have spent the past several days clearing out old ground-cover, building saw horses, unloading lumber, and organizing supplies.  Anyone willing to help with these types of pre-build tasks will be greatly appreciated!!

*Wednesday evening, October 8 and into Thursday, October 9 is Yom Kippur.  Scheduling the build on this holiday was, unfortunately unavoidable.  School will be closed that day, and we extend warm wishes to all those observing.

Fairmount Project Playground
105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Dear Fairmount Project Playground Supporters,
We are currently selling raffle tickets to benefit the playground!
First Prize is a Notebook Computer donated by SolveIt Computer Services
(Acer Aspire with Intel Celeron 2.13 GHz processor)
Second Prize is an XBox 360 Elite
Third Prize is a Canon Sure Shot digital camera
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20
If you would like to purchase or sell tickets, print this form and send it to us at:
Fairmount Project Playground
105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Feel free to share the form with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
And don't forget to print out the volunteer sheet and sign up to help build Project Playground!
Did you know that...
...the community playground will be built on October 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12?
...we need 3,000 volunteers to help with building, serving food, cleaning, childcare, inventory, landscaping, communication, and more??
...you do not need any skills to help?
...we are halfway to our fundraising goal of $180,000?
...we still need $90,000 or it's equivalent in materials donations?
...many companies have monies available for this type of community project and we would appreciate it if you check with your employer?
...you can still buy engraved bricks for $100 or engraved pickets for $40?
...we are looking to get our name out as much as possible and would love to find businesses who will partner with us in advertising?
...we still have lawn signs available for $5 and will deliver them to your home or business?
...we would like to borrow tools so we do not have to purchase or rent them?
Click for:
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.  You can email this address with any questions.
Thank you for your support!

Fairmount Project Playground
105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Contact us if you can help:


Earlier News

Community support for Fairmount Project Playground has been tremendous, and we are very grateful!

We have reached the half-way mark in our fundraising.  We still need quite a bit more to reach our goal of $180,000.

We are also starting to compile lists of volunteers who will help us build on October 8-12.  Please contact us at fairmountplayground@hackensackschools.org or at Fairmount School, 105 Grand Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

Also, come and enjoy a day of softball and refreshments at Foschini Park on Sunday, June 29 beginning at 10:00 am.

It will be a great way to kick off the summer!

Out with the old...

By now you've all seen that our beloved 19-year-old playground structure has been removed from the Fairmount School grounds.  This is a bittersweet occasion.  It means the end of a fantastic era in the history of the Fairmount neighborhood, and the beginning of a new exciting time!
Fundraising Goal...

We have surpassed our first fundraising goal!  We hoped to have $28,000 by February 28th.  We are over $30,000 and counting!

Buy your Beefsteak Dinner and Tricky Tray Tickets Now!!

Tickets for the Beefsteak Dinner and Tricky Tray are on sale now for $45 each.  Buy 10 and we will reserve your table!  Also, we are looking for donations of Tricky Tray baskets to be auctioned at the dinner.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 5 from 7-10pm at the YMCA in Hackensack.  Click here for the order form.

A rumor that needs correcting...

There has been a very significant misunderstanding.  A rumor has been circulating that the playground committee is turning down offers of large sums of money.  This is simply not true.  We are accepting and encouraging donations of any amount, from pennies to tens of thousands! 

We believe this misunderstanding came from something that was said on Design Day on December 13.  We were encouraged by the designer to include as many people as plossible into this process.  The suggestion was made that it is better to collect $1 from 180,000 people than to collect $180,000 from one person.  That was said to illustrate the importance of gaining widespread support.  The reality is, we hope to receive various-sized donations off finances and materials from many, many community supporters! 

If you are in contact with someone who is looking to offer financial support on a large scale, please put them in touch with our fundraising chairpersons - Joyce Wickersheim - 201-488-7963 or Kat Hoehl - 201-487-0297.

Let's make a sea of red signs!!

You may have that there are signs advertising Fairmount Project Playground popping up all over!

If you'd like to disply a sign on your lawn, please send $5 to the Fairmount School main office in an envelope marked "Lawn Signs" and your contact information.  Help us get the word out!

Bricks and Sticks

We are continuing to take orders for engraved bricks and fence pickets.  Have your bricke paver enbraved for $100 or your picket engraved for $40.  

Click here for the brick program order form.
Click here for the picket program order form.

Other news...

Thank you to all who attended Applebee's Dining to Donate night. 

The Fairmount School Fun Fair is Saturday, March 15 from 11am-3pm on the ground floor of the school  Proceeds from the tickets and food will go towards HHS scholarships as always.  Proceeds from the Tricky Tray at the fair will go towards Project Playground.

Hackensack Rotary is hosting Karaoke Night and a Corned Beef dinner for St. Patrick's Day on March 15 from 6:30-11pm at the Maywood American Legion on Passaic Street.  They are donating some of their proceeds to Project Playground, and have been most supportive of our project!  Thank you, Hackensack Rotary! 
Contact information:
General - Stephanie Hellpap 201-681-9647
Fundraising - Joyce Wickersheim - 201-488-7963
Volunteering - Enza Kowal - 201-926-7530
Public Relations - Pedra Del Vechio - 201-343-1428
Food - Fran Meyer - 488-3795
Donated Materials - James Galbreath - 201-401-7612
Thank you for your support!

Fairmount Project Playground
105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Older Information

Fairmount Project Playground will begin construction on October 8, 2008. Anyone interested in helping with the build, serving food, childcare, or loaning tools please email
Fairmount Project Playground is now selling engraved paving bricks that will mark the border of the community playground. Click here for the brick program order form.
For $100, you can have your name or a short message become part part of the Fairmount playground permanently. For $40, you can have a picket with your name engraved on it as part of the fence surrounding the playground. Click here for the picket program order form.

Please print out the order form and mail it with payment to:
Fairmount Project Playground
105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ.
Tax deductible donations are also being accepted. Please visit our website at http://fairmountplayground.clubspaces.com.


Fairmount Project Playground is in high gear!

If you pass Fairmount School you will see the thermometer gauging how much money we've raised and how far we have to go. Right now, the goal seems far off, but we're making progress as many generous community members have already donated.  Our children have collected over $800 in spare change!  Congratulations to Ms. Montone's class and Ms. Bentley's classes for collecting the most money.
The current structure is in the process of being removed.  It is bittersweet to watch as the  pieces are taken down.  On the one hand, many great times and memories were had by children since 1989 on that structure, but on the other hand, it means we are closer to building our new structure.
The Children's Committee has been working hard to let the community know how important this project is to them.  We thank O'Shea's printing for their support of the the Children's Committee.
We are having lawn signs made to raise awareness of Project Playground.  We are asking anyone willing to display a sign to kindly donate $3.50 to cover the costs of printing.  We want to thank Blue Dog Graphics for printing and subsidizing the printing of the signs.  Please respond to this email if you'd like to display a sign, and we'll contact you when they are ready.
Upcoming events:
We will be holding an informational meeting in Spanish to spread the word about Project Playground on February 6 at 6:30pm in the Fairmount Cafeteria.  All are invited and, of course, welcome to stay for the PTA meeting at 7:00.
The Hackensack Rotary will be donating some of the proceeds of the St. Patrick's Day Karaoke party to Fairmount Project Playground.  Click here for the flyer. We want to encourage people to attend on Saturday, March 15 after the Fun Fair.  It promises to be alot of fun.
The Beefsteak Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at the YMCA.  More details will follow.
Thursday, March 6th is "Dining to Donate" at Applebee's on Hackensack Avenue.  You must bring a flyer from Project Playground in order to have your purchases count towards the 10% contribution Applebee's will make to our fund.  Please email us if you need a flyer.
Make sure your calendar is marked for our build dates: October 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.  If you are observing Yom Kippur, we hope you will be able to join us on the other dates.  We will need MANY willing bodies, as well as tools, food, and childcare services.  Please let us know if you are interested in helping in any of these ways. 
Engraved bricks are being sold for $100, and engraved pickets are being sold for $40.  Please see our website for details. 
Tax-deductible donations may be made to Fairmount Project Playground, 105 Grand Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
Thank you for your support!