Carson City Girl Scouts raising funds for new playground equipment

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:31 am on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

CARSON CITY — Some local Girl Scouts are working to give their younger counterparts an even better childhood than they had.

The members of Troop 825 have been working diligently to raise funds for some new playground equipment at Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School.

According to troop leader Michelle Fitzpatrick, the estimated cost to purchase a swingset with four seats and an overhead glider is $5,500, not including the cost of installation.

“This is something they started last year and this is something they really believe in,” said Fitzpatrick of the project. “The girls are taking their cookie money and they’re giving back to their school. These girls have always thought about others, but this is really going the next step.”

Girl Scout Troop 825 includes, from left to right, Nicole Tyler, Kali Hollinshead, Sarah McCrackin, CeCe Havens, Cera Vargas, Alanna Ross, Aiylah Carter, Anne Fitzpatrick and Alyssa Gillson. The troop is trying to raise money to purchase new playground equipment for Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

CC-C Upper Elementary School Principal Charles “Chuck” Larkins said he’s always been impressed with how community members support each other as a tight-knit group.

“These girls exemplify that,” Larkins said. “They thought about their school and the future. You can’t beat that when it comes to commitment. They’re really a great group of girls and what a worthy project. It’s not just a school playground, it’s a community playground.”

The girls of Troop 825 recall their days on the CC-C playground as fun, but limited, due to the lack of enough playground equipment to cater for all the students.

They are happy to explain why they chose this project. Here they are in their own words:

• Sixth-grader Cece Havens, age 11: “All you could do was stand and talk to your friends and you weren’t really getting any exercise so it’s basically just sitting and then at recess you just stood. When we get this new playground equipment kids will be able to exercise more.”

• Sixth-grader Alyssa Gillson, age 11: It’s important because we didn’t have much to do. We’d just sit around and we were bored. I want the fourth- and fifth-graders to have fun and get better than we did.”

• Sixth-grader Kali Hollinshead, age 12: “We sat around and tried to think of things to do. We want more people to play.”

• Sixth-grader Annie Fitzpatrick, age 12: “The community has been giving lots of donations because they know it’s going to a good cause.”

• Sixth-grader Sarah McCrackin, age 12: “It really helps to have other people look out for you and give you things that you probably won’t get. We probably won’t use that playground but other kids will in the future.”

• Seventh-grader Cera Vargas, age 12: “I think this is important because giving back to the community is really good and helpful and will let other kids know that it is good to help.”

• Sixth-grader Christina Schafer, age 12: “We think it’s important that everyone experiences some fun after their studies. It’s been a fun experience for everyone and we’ve learned how to take leadership in a good manner.”

• Sixth-grader Aiylah Carter, age 11: “Recess is supposed to be fun!”

An upcoming Easter-related event is scheduled with the goal of raising more funds for the playground equipment. Breakfast with the Easter bunny will be from 8 to 11 a.m. April 19 at the Carson City American Legion.

All-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage links, bacon, muffins and drinks. Children can have their photograph taken with the Easter bunny. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger.

For more information about the ongoing fundraiser, call Michelle Fitzpatrick at (989) 763-8696 or (989) 584-3158.

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