Your opinion: Feb. 11, 2017

Published 12:15 pm Saturday, February 11, 2017

$100 challenge for Schley Community Park
Are you ready to accept a $100 challenge for the children of Schley County? The challenge is for parents, grandparents, family members, churches, civic organizations, as well as local business and industry to donate $100 to provide a group of training and fitness exercise equipment and a playground structure in the center of the Schley Co. Recreation Complex for children to use for fun and exercise.
It’s hard to believe, but there is no public playground in Schley County other than Black/Edwards Park and the one at the elementary school. Although Schley Co. has a great school system with both the High School and Elementary School ranking within the top ten schools in Georgia, there is no centrally located community park for families and children to enjoy.
With a population of almost 5,200 people and about 1,500 students in the Schley Co. School System, Schley County needs a fully functional recreation complex with a playground that is accessible for families and children. With your donation of $100, you will be making an investment in the future of Schley County. With your help, the Schley Community Park will provide our children with both exercise and creative play.
The total cost of the new playground is $27,000. The Schley Co. Community Foundation has received local donations of approximately $17,000. We anticipate a grant from the Flint Energies Foundation in the amount of $5,000 to purchase equipment. This leaves a balance of $5,000 to complete the project. This is where your investment in our children is needed. You can make a tax free contribution to build the new Schley Community Park by calling the Schley Co. Community Foundation, a 501 C(3) organization, at 937-5708 or by mailing your contribution to P.O. Box 606, Ellaville, GA 31806. The foundation will give you a receipt for your tax records.
We have entered a new tax year and now is an excellent opportunity to make a contribution of $100 or more that will not only benefit the children of Schley County, but also benefit you by providing a tax free contribution that will have far lasting benefits for years to come.
Please consider accepting the one hundred dollar challenge to make the new Schley Community Park a success. Our children’s success depends on you and our community’s support. With your help, the park will become a reality in 2017.
John T. Greene
Coordinator, Schley County Family  Connection