Run, Don’t Walk, to Join Easter Seals UCP in the Greater Triangle Walk With Me

Easter Seals UCP will hold its inaugural Greater Triangle Walk With Me event and fundraiser on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The family fitness walk will unite hundreds of Triangle-area participants at NC State University’s Centennial Campus to raise funds for Easter Seals UCP services, drive awareness of issues affecting the disability community, and change the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities.

Registration for Walk With Me is now available at either www.walkwithme.org/triangle or by calling 919.865.8840. Every individual and team participant will be paired with an Easter Seals UCP Honorary Ambassador—a child or adult with a disability directly benefiting from local programming—and have an opportunity to meet in advance of the event, learn about his or her personal story, and even cross the Walk With Me finish line together.

To learn more about the Greater Triangle Walk With Me, join us at the kick off celebration at Café 121 on Thursday, February 18th!  Drop in between 5:30-8:30pm to learn more about Walk With Me, meet the Honorary Ambassadors (including our very own Kenny!) and a chance to win great raffle prizes!

We have openings!

We currently have openings at our center for children 6 weeks – 18 months with diagnosed special needs.  If your child has not yet been diagnosed with a special need but you have concerns about their development, please contact us and we can help you find the resources you need in order to have your child evaluated!

If you have hesitated to put your child in child care for any reason, please stop by or call us at 708-5599 and let us address your concerns!  If your child requires therapy, they will be able to receive speech, physical, occupational, and/or play therapy in their classroom during the course of the day – no need to travel to multiple locations!

Our infant classroom has a maximum of 8 children with 2 teachers.  Our toddler classroom has a maximum of 10 children with 2 teachers.

We have a waiting list for children 6 weeks – 4 years who are typically developing.  We accept applications at any time at 1550 Kelly Drive in Sanford.  There is no application fee.

We Did It!

 
Before - plastic timbers made it impossible for children with walkers or wheelchairs to access all areas of the playground.
Before – plastic timbers made it impossible for children with walkers or wheelchairs to access all areas of the playground.
THIS is what made all the work worth it!
THIS is what made all the work worth it!

 

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped to make our playground project a reality!  Our playground shade structures, surfacing, and equipment have all been installed.  Phase 2 of our project will be to replace our fence and our storage shed.   

Shade structures and the tire swings were purchased from Grounds for Play.   Surfacing and the rock wall tunnel were purchased from Playworld Carolinas.   FunHoop was purchased from PlaygroundPackages.com. The equipment and surfacing installation was completed by  Reese Construction out of Apex.  Many thanks to John Payne, the Lee County Kiwanis Club, and the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department (to whom we donated the plastic timbers and the arch climber) for saving us money by completing the demolition work!

Toddler Town "before" shot

Toddler Town "before" shot

Infant area "before" shot
Infant area “before” shot
Future location of tire swings

Future location of tire swings

Future location of Fun Hoop

Future location of Fun Hoop

Future location of Rock Wall Tunnel

Future location of Rock Wall Tunnel

Demo begins!

Demo begins!

Demo

Demo

What a mess!
What a mess!
Sub-base before being crushed flat

Sub-base before being crushed flat

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The CRUSHER!

The CRUSHER!

Starting to install the bonded rubber

Starting to install the bonded rubber

"FunHoop" with the big mixer in the background

"FunHoop" with the big mixer in the background

A dream fulfilled

A dream fulfilled

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Close-Up of the surfacing - rubber mulch and glue bonded together and smoothed out to form a solid surface

Close-Up of the surfacing - rubber mulch and glue bonded together and smoothed out to form a solid surface

This was a LONG process

This was a LONG process

Watching them get the holes level in order to install this tire swing post was fascinating

Watching them get the holes level in order to install this tire swing post was fascinating

This guys worked hard...and it was HOT!

This guys worked hard...and it was HOT!

Beautiful! There can only be so many inches between the exit of the slide and the top of the surfacing so this was the most challenging area...it wasn't like we could change the height of the slide!

Beautiful! There can only be so many inches between the exit of the slide and the top of the surfacing so this was the most challenging area...it wasn't like we could change the height of the slide!

Safe place for infants to crawl?  CHECK!
Safe place for infants to crawl? CHECK!
Somewhere for the kids to throw balls other than over the fence?  CHECK!

Somewhere for the kids to throw balls other than over the fence? CHECK!

Swings that are safe and fun for all?  CHECK!

Swings that are safe and fun for all? CHECK!

Awesome climbing structure?  CHECK!

Awesome climbing structure? CHECK!

Ready for the kids!

Ready for the kids!

Carnival Wrap-Up

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Family Carnival…whether you bought a raffle ticket, donated an item, sponsored a ride, brought your family out for the day, bid on a silent auction item, or just stopped by for a hot dog, your efforts have brought us $4,080 closer to our goal of having a playground that is safe and accessible for ALL of our children!  Thank you for your support!

Here are some pictures from our event:

RAFFLE WINNERS!!!

1. Tea Time Toy Set Donated by JT Davenport – Lisa Clark

2. Tea Time Toy Set Donated by JT Davenport – Memie Wiliiams

3. Japanese Toy Set Donated by JT Davenport- Meta Brooks

4. Bead Set Donated by JT Davenport – Rosetta Paiten

5. Tool Set Donated by JT Davenport – Stepping Stones (thanks to raffle tickets purchased for us by the Dan Mansell for Congress campaign).

6. Phone Donated By Wombles – Laura Beck

7. Silver Coin Donated By Kendale Pawn – Meta Brooks

8. Free Oil Change Donated By Jonesboro Super Service on East Main – Wanda Nelson

9. Free Oil Change and Filter Donated By C&J Auto Sales & Service Center, Inc. – Meta Brooks

10. Free Oil Change Donated By Perry Brothers – Meta Brooks

11. Free Oil Change Donated By S&S Automotive – Joyce Harding

12. $10 Gift Certificate to Cafe 121 – Sandy Bryant

13. $10 Gift Certificate to Cafe 121 – Linda McNeill

14. $10 Gift Certificate to Cafe 121 – Travis Poe

15. $10 Gift Certificate to Cafe 121 – Stepping Stones (thanks to raffle tickets purchased for us by the Dan Mansell for Congress campaign).

16. Lunch for two at Rick’s on South Steele Street – Meta Brooks

17. $25 Gift certificate to Car Pros Tire and Auto – Paula Boehm

18. $20 Gift certificate and candle from Country Memories – Tim Barber

19. Shampoo, Haircut and Style – Lindsey Yow at Head to Toe – Karla Pomilio-Hancock

20. Shampoo, Haircut – Great Clips – Jamie

21. Shampoo, Haircut, and Style – Jessica Sykes at Southern Styles – Lara Tipton

22. Sterling Silver CZ Circleof Life Pendant – Kelly’s Diamonds – Brian Sullaz

23. Free Eye Exam at Modern Optical – Jamie Wompler

24. Car Stereo Donated By TV Clinic – W.H. Bayer

25. 72 Degrees Gift Certificate – Tony Baker

26. AvonPedicure Set – Tom Cassevah

27. Three Months of Martial Arts Instruction Donated By Black Belt Leaderhip Academy – Mitch Carter

28. Three Months of Martial Arts Instruction Donated By Black Belt Leaderhip Academy – Linda Birk

29. Three Months of Martial Arts Instruction Donated By Black Belt Leaderhip Academy – Sue Williams

30. Three Months of Martial Arts Instruction Donated By Black Belt Leaderhip Academy – Amber Ellis

31. HDTV and warranty Donated by Chris and Garrett Morris – Memie Wiliiams

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets – whether you purchased 1 or 100, your contribution helps us towards our goal of a playground that is safe and accessible for ALL of our children!!  If your name is on this list and we have not contacted you yet, please feel free to call us at 708-5599 or stop by 1550 Kelly Drive.  THANK YOU!!

Carnival Prizes

Several people have written and called about silent auction and raffle prizes from Saturday’s carnival.  We are in the process of organizing all of the information and will have the winners posted on this website shortly.

 

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Dunking Booth Schedule

Don’t forget to come out to our carnival THIS SATURDAY from 9-2 at 3000 S. Horner (former Wal-Mart).

Dunking Booth Schedule:

9:00 – Tracy Carter, Lee County Sheriff

10:00 – Neil Morris, Local Attorney and Movie Critic

10:30 – Ed Page, Local Attorney

11:00 – Billy Liggett, Sanford Herald Editor

11:30 – Jonathan Owens, Sanford Herald Reporter

12:00 – Brian Lee, WWGP Radio Personality

12:30 – Chris Brewer, Lemon Springs Fire Department

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