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Playhouse raffle raises funds for Martensville, Warman KidSport

Martensville Deputy Mayor Tyson Chillog and Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence hold a sign announcing the kickoff of a KidSport fundraising project. A two-storey, custom-built playhouse was unveiled in Warman on April 24 to kick off KidSport Month.

It’s all about the kids.
A two-storey, custom-built playhouse, the grand prize in a KidSport fundraising raffle that kicks off this week, was unveiled in Warman on Monday, April 24.
This is the second year for the project, which raises much-needed funds for the Martensville and Warman KidSport committees. KidSport provides funding for less-fortunate families to enable children to participate in organized sports like hockey, figure skating, softball, baseball and soccer.
The month of May has been designated KidSport Month. All funds raised locally through this raffle are distributed to families within the two communities.
The playhouse was built over the fall and winter months by Warman High School shop teacher Terry Martin with help from students at the school. Last year, a similar playhouse was built by students at Martensville High School. Building materials, moving expenses and publicity donations were made by several local businesses, while Martensville and District Lions Club members are selling raffle tickets.
At the unveiling of the KidSport playhouse on Monday, April 24, Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence said KidSport funding is helping many families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in organized sports.
“Last year, we had 48 families that applied to the local KidSport Committee here in Warman and received funding,” said Spence. “A total of $21,000 was distributed.
“But the need is far more than that,” she added. “And it’s likely to keep increasing, so this fundraising project is very important. This is a valued program in our community, and we’re thankful to all those who contributed.”
Martensville Deputy Mayor Tyson Chillog said last year the Martensville KidSport Committee assisted 36 kids with financial support to the tune of over $10,000.
“This year’s goal is $15,000,” said Chillog. “We encourage businesses to get involved with KidSport Month by hosting fundraisers like barbecues, ‘dress-down’ days, sales of KidSport cutouts, and donating a portion of sales to KidSport.”
Angela Reddekopp, Martensville KidSport Coordinator, said it takes the support of many businesses and individuals to make the project a success.
“This event doesn’t just happen by itself,” said Reddekopp. “A lot of local, community-minded partners are involved.”
KidSport Saskatchewan Coordinator Carolyn Ganes said this playhouse raffle project is a model for the rest of the province and the country.
“We have over 40 KidSport committees across the province,” said Ganes. “The need is rising, so it’s important that communities come together and take ownership of local fundraisers.
“Martensville and Warman are clearly the leaders in the province,” she added. “This is a unique project and we would love to see this type of thing happening in more communities.
“I’ve been showing other committees the newspaper articles on this project and encouraging them to do something similar.
“Even from a national perspective, KidSport Canada has never seen anything as big as this anywhere else in the country. It brings everyone together for such a great cause. It’s really inspiring to see.”
Raffle tickets are available from Martensville and District Lions Club members, as well as the Warman Super Valu and Martensville A&W. The draw for the playhouse will be made in late June.

Warman High School students building KidSport playhouse

Warman High School Grade 12 students Luke McDonald (left) and Eldon Fournier are working together to build a custom playhouse that will be the grand prize in a fundraising raffle for the Martensville and Warman KidSport organizations. The Martensville and District Lions Club, along with the Martensville A&W and the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, is a sponsor of the project.
Warman High School Grade 12 students Luke McDonald (left) and Eldon Fournier are working together to build a custom playhouse that will be the grand prize in a fundraising raffle for the Martensville and Warman KidSport organizations. The Martensville and District Lions Club, along with the Martensville A&W and the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, is a sponsor of the project.

Warman High School (WHS) students Luke McDonald ad Eldon Fournier are in a class by themselves.
Literally.
The two Grade 12 students were tapped late last spring by WHS Industrial Arts (IA) teacher Terry Martin to take on a unique project during the fall semester. The students are the only ones in the class, and they’re building a 200-square foot playhouse for the Warman and Martensville KidSport organizations.
“It’s a cool project,” said McDonald. “I really like this kind of work, and Mr. Martin is a great teacher.”
Fournier said he jumped at the chance to work on a construction project.
“I was switching some classes and Mr. Martin asked me if I wanted to be part of a new shop class,” said Fournier. “I built an ice fishing shack with one of my buddies last year, but this is a little more serious. It was nice that Mr. Martin gave me this opportunity.”
The boys began working on the playhouse in early September, and so far have built the base, the floor and deck. They’re currently building and assembling the walls.
The playhouse will be completed by the end of January and put on display at the Martensville A&W. The Martensville and District Lions Club, Martensville A&W and Clark’s Crossing Gazette are co-sponsoring the project as a fundraiser for the local KidSport committee, and raffle tickets will be sold with the winner taking home the playhouse as the grand prize.
A similar project was undertaken last year by students at Martensville High School (MHS). The plan is to have the schools each build a KidSport playhouse in alternate years.
Martin said he started the IA 30 class specifically for the project.
“I asked the boys if they wanted to be part of this project and to get credit for the class,” said Martin. “They didn’t hesitate at all. They’re very committed, and they’re working hard to get it done by the end of the semester.”
The playhouse will be a two-storey building with a peaked roof, 64-square foot main floor, a four-foot deck and an upper floor with a 20-inch pony wall. It will be finished with exterior siding and interior panelling. The design of this structure will be different from last year because it won’t have dormers on the second storey. However, it will have electrical lights and plug-ins.
Carolyn Ganes with KidSport Saskatchewan said she’s very impressed with the project, noting other KidSport committees in communities across the province are interested in doing something similar.
“It’s truly inspiring,” said Gaines. “It brings the whole community together by involving the school, businesses, community organizations and service groups; all to benefit the youth who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to play organized sports.
“We want to use this as an example across the province,” she added.
Syl Serblowski, President of the Martensville and District Lions Club, said the volunteer-based organization is donating the money needed to buy the building materials for the playhouse.
“We’ll also be selling raffle tickets, starting in February, like we did last year,” said Serblowski. “It’s just one of many projects the Lions Club does to help out our communities.”