WE Play to Learn!

Help us build a new playground at WES!

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Why do we need a new playground?

In 1995, WES installed the Big Toy playground. The Big Toy has provided joy and learning opportunities for more than 10,000 students! It is well-loved and has served us well. But 26 years of wear and tear have left the Big Toy in rough shape. Structural timbers are rotting, decks are no longer level, screws are exposed, and entire components have been removed. Caution tape blocks off unsafe areas, and we work constantly to keep it safe enough for play.
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The Big Toy is in rough shape and needs to be replaced!

What do we need?

We plan to replace the Big Toy with a safe, engaging and inclusive playground that will inspire, challenge, and promote the health, well-being, and discovery of all children. This playground will be used by ALL students in our school and will be sensory-rich with multiple levels of challenge. Our students helped pick what they want in a new playground, and we’ve worked with a NC company to design a safe playground that will serve WES children for 25 more years!
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How can you help?

Fortunately, we received a generous donation from the Stone Family Foundation to launch our playground fundraising efforts. The Stone Family Foundation has also agreed to match funds that our school can raise toward installing a new playground. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation today to the Wilkesboro Elementary Playground Fund!


Our fundraising goal is $25,000. 100% of your donations are tax-deductible and will go directly to build a new playground.

Three Ways to Give

Donate in Honor or Memory of Someone...

Single donations of $100 or more may be made in HONOR or MEMORY of a specific person or family. This person's name will be placed on permanent signage at the playground. This is a great way to honor a student, a special teacher, or classmates!

Fundraising Incentives for Current Students


  • Students who bring in a donation of any amount will receive a “WE CAN DO HARD THINGS” silicone bracelet!


  • AND...students who raise $30 or more will also receive a limited-edition green tie-dye WE PLAY t-shirt with a special logo!


  • AND…students who raise $100 or more in total donations will also receive a limited-edition WE PLAY baseball cap with a special logo!


  • AND...students who raise $200 or more will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card (4).


  • AND...students who raise $300 or more will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card (2).


The top 10 students will enter in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card (1) AND will enjoy a PRIVATE PLAYGROUND RECESS PARTY with the friend of their choice!


The class that raises the most funds will win a PRIVATE PLAYGROUND PICNIC with a full afternoon of FREE PLAYGROUND time and prizes!
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