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The Playground Is Close to Being a Reality,
llano 4but Your Help Is Needed

We are moving forward in our efforts to give the Llano Grande School in Sarchi their very first playground (similar to the pictures) on the open area next to the kindergarten. Purchases have been made for the basic, heavy duty playground hardware, but we've depleted nearly all of our reserve account. Phase 1 of the playground will consist of three swings, a trapeze with rings, a covered fort, plus a set of monkey bars. We still need the frame wood and additional construction hardware and materials (nuts and bolts, cement, roof material, wood preservative, etc.). The frame will be made of teak (teka), because it is very strong and will stand up to the wet, dewy mountain weather of Barrio Los Angeles de Sarchi and is readily available. We have volunteer labor and equipment, from cabinetmaker, William Rodriguez of Sarchi, to cut and plane the teak planks to size and sand them smooth for kid use. Construction labor is also being donated by Don Davis, Jack Cords and any other able-bodied volunteers we can find.

llano3Contributions for the wood and additional hardware are needed to complete Phase 1 of the playground (about $375), or about $250 more. (Most of the Playground Phase 2 cost will be to add a heavy duty molded vinyl slide to the fort, about $525, plus building a free-standing teeter totter and making a gate in the chain-link fence to give direct access to the older children to the playground area. We estimate the total cost of materials for Phase 2 to be $700.)

However, right now we are focused on getting Phase 1 of the playground up and running during this school year.

Llano Grande School Account $412.16
Playground Equipment from U.S. $385.97
Shipping to Costa Rica (est.) $ 50.00
Plus Recent Davis Cash Contribution $100.00
Total left in Llano Grande Account $126.19

Funds needed to complete Phase 1
Phase 1 Estimated Shortfall $248.81
Est. Add'l. Required for Phase 2 $700.00

llano play 2The children are so appreciative of any efforts made. We are hoping to have the playground done so they can use it this school year. If you can help either with labor or $$ please let us know. Call Karen and Don Davis, 2454 3923….. Operators are standing by....

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About Us: Qué Pasa is a collaboration by 3 ex-pats in Grecia and Sarchi
who saw a need in our community and are working to fill it.
They are all from the US, all professionals in their fields, and are all enjoying retirement.