Lowell Centennial Campaign

$156,315 of $400,000 goal

Raised by 441 people in 35 months

On January 3, 2016, Lowell Elementary School turned 100!

This year, we are celebrating by holding many events for alumni, students and parents, as well as launching a Centennial Campaign raising money to give Lowell students, teachers and the community, a better playground and outdoor learning spaces.

The kids' playground is mostly asphalt and in need of tender loving care. It has no green space, no shade, and no seating. The  green spaces around the school are underused, unsupportive, and not very accessible.

With your donations, we want to give the school an injection of beauty, breath life into it, and help set up the kids and teachers for the next hundred years.

Our overall goal is to raise $400,000 to completely redevelop the outside. But, we're doing this step-by-step, taking each campaign at a time.

In May, we will raise money through our Centennial Weekend event, a silent auction, business partnerships and launch the Brick-by-Brick camapaign. Stay tuned for details.

Feel free to learn more by reading the Wisconsin State Journal's article on our anniversary and campaign . Or watch our story here. 

Oh, and here's an artist's vision of what we're planning. It's all part of our Master Plan.

The Master plan was the result of a year-long ideas process where staff, students, administration, parents and community members came together to put together a plan for Lowell for the next 100 years. The Master Plan, developed by a volunteer architect and designer from our neighborhood, incorporates a 100-year forest, science station, lowell farm, and an inclusive playground environment.

We are now raising money to turn this vision into a reality.

Please join us in making this investment in our school and our neighborhood -- for our students, our community, and for the next 100 years!

Thank you,

Lowell Centennial Campaign team
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With your generous support, the Lowell Centennial Campaign is nearing completion of the Lowell Elementary School campus Master Plan! By this time next year we hope to have completed a revitalization of the backyard playground, but first we need to raise an additional $60,000.

If you haven't already, check out the front yard where we have installed a safety-enhancing fence, nature-based play area, raised garden beds, beautiful custom wood benches (built by Lowell parents) and the Learning Circles along Maple Avenue.

Now comes the biggest project yet: Replacing the pea gravel ground covering with wood chips, adding new Playground structures, extending the school mini-forest all the way to Center Street and creating a brick Reunion Plaza with seating for parents. We hope to get all that done in Summer 2019, but we still need your help.

So please: Buy a brick! Ask your company for a donation! Get involved with the Playground Committee!

Our first kickoff event will be Sept. 27 at the Olbrich Biergarten. They're giving 15% of sales to the campaign and we hope to build enthusiasm for the final leg of this journey. Spread the word!
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If you only read the next line of this update, it'll be worth it ...

The Chocolate Shoppe on Atwood is donating 20% of this Thursday's takings to Lowell's playground fund (June 8). So yeah, ice cream after the last day of school? Ice cream on your own, while the kids are in school for their final day? Or ice cream at night when the kids (and parents) are in bed. Up to you.

Carry on, if you wish...

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our recent flurry of fundraising. Seriously, THANK YOU.

In the last few months the school has raised more than $20,000.

If you donated an item, bought something or simply bidded on our Spring Silent Auction, thank you.

We raised >$11,400. And a massive thanks to Erin De Vos and her team for organizing it.

If you donated some loose change for our Pennies for our Playground effort, thank you.

We raised >$1,300. Thank you to Holly O' Neal and Autumn Shiley for organizing, and all the teachers for helping promote it.

If you bought or sold a Lowell yard sign during our recent drive, thank you.

We raised >$1,500. Kudos to Jess Steenlege for organizing and students Finn and Nico for being the lead salespeople and raising $510.

The next fundraiser is Thursday, June 8. Celebrate the last day of school by having an ice cream at the Chocolate Shoppe. They’re giving 20% of the day’s takings.

One more summer fundraiser ...

July 9: Mallards baseball Lowell fundraiser - Buy tickets now! $15 for a ticket + hat. $30 for a ticket + all you can eat food. $40 for a ticket + all you can eat and beer.

To buy tickets, go to: http://northwoodsleague.com/madison-mallards/
Use the promo codes "Lowell hat" or "Lowell soda" or "Lowell beer" and a portion will benefit the Lowell Centennial Campaign!

Our playground planning is also going great guns. The front playscape is being planned. Designs will be released soon and work days will be planned during summer/fall to install the different elements to enhance the nature-based play. Plans are also being laid for the early-school-year-teachers to use the front for recess.

We've found a landscape architect to help take us all the way to the full design for the Flowing Forest, play structure area and welcome/reunion square. Dan Rolfs will lead the Flowing Forest Development and Carrie Hinterthuer will lead the team developing the play structure area. We do need willing volunteers to help. If you want to be part of either if these teams please contact Dan or Carrie.

Dan - dwrolfs333@gmail.com

Carrie - carriehint@gmail.com

Jason Waller will be leading the fundraising, focusing on reaching out to businesses and grant applications. If you want to be part of this team please contact Jason at jaywal75@gmail.com.

Thanks again to everyone for the progress we've made this school year.

Jason Waller and the Lowell Centennial Campaign Team
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As you're our favorite supporters, we want to give you a heads up about our May online auction. It kicks off tomorrow, May 1. Feel free to browse it now and come back tomorrow to bid!


There's plenty of things to bid on. If you're musician you can get voice or violin lessons. Or how about going to a show at the high noon saloon? Or take in a fun summer festival, like Summerfest or the Sugar Maple Festival.

Our amazing community is full of talented teachers and parents. Thank you to all of you who have donated. Some highlights from teachers include Mr Jason's Pokemon lesson (maybe you could also ask him if he's the grown up Ash). You could have lunch with Principal Burkholder and pull the fire alarm (Yes, it's priceless). And, win a Santa visit for you and your family donated by, er, Santa, of course, who else?

Then there's donations from Lowell parents: A special occasion cake from Melissa Hayes. A leather iPad case made by Lowell mom Jepsen Leather. And, a brain hat by Kaitlin McDonough. No online auction is complete without a brain hat, right?

Other local interests include a gift bag bag from Stone Fence. Snap Circuits donated by Full Spectrum Solar. And, a tour of Wisconsin 57 Television.

Love biking? Check out the amazing array of accessories. Whatever your interest: Toys and Games, Entertainment, Food and Drink - we have something for you.

Click around the Lowell Spring Auction. Enjoy, and happy bidding.


The Lowell Centennial Campaign team
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Eat, go to a movie and donate your talents

Tues. April 25 - Dining Out for Lowell at Naples 15. Treat yourselves and go on a date. Or order in and dance to their website's music.


Sat. April 29 - Movie Showing of Born in China at Marcus Point Theater at 11 a.m. If you don't know what it's about, just think cute pandas and monkeys. After you've said, "Awww!" Buy tickets for the family. Half the ticket price goes to the playground fund.


Donate to the Lowell spring auction
It starts May 1. If you have a talent, skill or something you wish to donate, tell Erin De Vos at devosek@gmail.com.

Let her know the following:
What you'd like to donate
A little "selling summary" for the product,
The value of the item
How much the bidding should start at

Thanks for all your support. With it, this weekend, we were able to create a garden area at the front of the school. Each school grade now has a garden bed to nurture. Around 30 parents woke up Monday morning feeling very achey but very proud that they'd helped develop the school. This added to the fence that was placed at the front of the school during the fall. Now, we're putting together plans for the playscape and the font of the school will be developed.

Feel free to donate more, to help us with our next phase.

Ready for seeds, water and some TLC
We're getting there!
Tough job but someone has to do it!
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Created November 24, 2015
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