Save the Dream Depot

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We're building the Dream Depot 2.0 September 28th - October 2nd

Hello everyone! The time is upon us. We break ground on Wednesday September 28, 2016. We have had a lot of people sign up to volunteer, but we are still in need of more. If you have any skills no matter what the skill we can find work for you. Please help any way you can. If you are unable to be there due to having kids, then just bring them with you. We are offering day care for the parents that need it. There has been a lot of prep work going on the whole weekend and a lot of people showing up to make things go faster. Now if you would like to sign up please use the above link to volunteer!!!



Dream Depot 2.0 Sponsors


  • Clark Farms
  • R.S. Dale Co. Inc
  • Horrocks Family
  • Edward Atherton
  • Limbach
  • The Mattress Source


  • Ritter Painting Contractors


  • Devereaux Sawmill Inc
  • Southwind Restaurants
  • Jessica Fitzell
  • Meijer
  • Conquest Health & Fitness Foundation
  • IBEW Local 665
  • Riverview Church
  • United Food Service Solutions, Inc.
  • Clark Construction
  • Knights of Columbus, Council 7311
  • Advanced Training and Consulting, LLC
  • Sara Taylor Photography
  • Iszler Concrete
  • The McNamara Family
  • Hungry Howie’s
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Component Sponsors:
  • Wacousta PTIA
  • Steve Briggs, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed, Inc.
  • Doug & Bobbie Roberts
  • The Mance Family
  • Wacousta Cub Scout Pac 260
  • Grand Ledge Archery
  • Grand Ledge Lion’s Club
  • Jeff Sewick
  • Wacousta Elementary Student Council
  • Grand Ledge Education Association
  • Jamie McKennon’s 3rd Grade Class of 2015-16
  • Dr. Brian Metcalf and Family
  • Dr. Ethan Childs and Family
  • Jan O’Bryant Memorial Fund
  • The LaLumia Family
  • Sundance Chevrolet
  • Jack Wohlscheid
  • Pat Stefanick Jr.

Special Thanks:

  • Coke
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Keusch Tire & Towing
  • TCC Verizon
  • Myers Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • Go Greener, LLC
  • DL Barron Concrete
  • Fabiano’s Grocery & Deli
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Lick-ity Split
  • A&W
  • Sun Theatre
  • Wacousta General Store
  • Sports Stop
  • Johnny Mac’s
  • Master Flotka
  • Pancho’s Taqueria
  • Eagle Monk Pub & Brewery
  • Lanjopoulos Chiropractic
  • Mike Cook – AGPS Distributor Soil & Water Management Systems
  • Rycus Flooring
  • Wacousta Community United Methodist Church
  • WCUMC Women’s Group
  • Ledges Hair Salon
  • Secure Smile Teeth, LLC
  • Greenstone Farm Credit Services
  • Communications Advisory Group of the John Henry Co.
  • Rolle Chiropractic
  • Dr. Scott Stevenson, DDS
  • R&M Building Systems
  • Blu-Star Development
  • Chapman Enterprises, LLC
  • Wacousta Community Farmers Market
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Preston’s Bar
  • The Williams Family
  • DBI Business Solutions
  • McDonald’s
  • Five Below
  • Erick Friestrom, P.S.
  • Bridgewater Salon
  • Arctic Glacier
  • PPG Paints Store
  • GLHS 50+ Alumni Association
  • Kroger
  • American Legion
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop 70
  • The Koenigsknecht Family
  • Team 92.1 FM
  • Celebration Cinemas
  • Scoopy Doos
  • Eagle Monk Brewery
  • American Rentals
  • Titan
  • Dart Container
  • McLaren
  • Jersey Mike’s
  • Grand Ledge Bums
  • Holmes Photography Studio
  • Peters & Murray Funeral Home
  • Grand Apps, LLC
  • BNI Lansing Chapter II
  • Duke & Duke Services, Inc.
  • The Media Advantage
  • Applebee’s
  • Boston’s
  • Subway
  • Quality Dairy
  • Uncle John’s Cider Mill
  • First Congregational Church
  • LeBron Trash Hauling
  • A Complete Rental
  • House Calls
  • King of the Grill
  • Bake N Cakes
  • JB’s Barbeque
  • Adventure Club
  • Orthodontic Specialists of Mid-Michigan
  • Mike Shafley Band
  • Beagle Café
  • Miller’s Redi-Mix
  • Sanches Construction
  • Bob Miller
  • The Zerbe Family
  • Stamp Rite
  • Target
  • Beagle PTO
  • Willow Ridge PTO
  • Neff PTO
  • Michigan Education Association
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters #333

We are very excited to announce the goal of building the Dream Depot 2.0 in the fall of 2016 at Wacousta Elementary! The dates have been set for this dream to again come true for the students of Wacousta. Here are the build dates Sep 28, 2016 to Oct 2, 2016. The original Dream Depot playground was built back in 1990 with the help of community volunteers and the students of Wacousta Elementary. It was a wonderful playground that encouraged the imaginative spirit of children and saw many students grow and learn through play. After it was announced that the original structure would need to come down due to safety violations, a grassroots organization, called the Friends of Wacousta Playground Project began to take shape. This organization, in conjunction with alumni, parents of current students, and the Grand Ledge community, has now brought to life a new community project where the children will get to build the playground of their dreams! With only black top and green space to currently play on, the children of Wacousta Elementary need our help!


Together, with the help of many community volunteers, local businesses and corporations, our goal is to build an 11,000 square foot playground that can be enjoyed by everyone in Grand Ledge and the surrounding communities. The fundraising and actual building of the playground will be 100% done with volunteers from the community and with the help of Leathers & Associates. Leathers & Associates is a playground design firm based out of Ithaca, New York. They were the company that helped design and build the original Dream Depot. They specialize in projects that are funded and built by communities and have worked with thousands of communities all over the world.


Projects such as this one are very important events that can truly shape a community. The children and community members alike will learn valuable skills such as teamwork, what it means to set your goals high and how to work hard to attain them, and also the importance of giving back to your community. It is our hope that these important life lessons will be as long lasting as they have been for those that helped build the original playground.


We would love to work with you as a sponsor. We are not just looking for a donation; we are looking for a community partner in this project. The project has already received some great media attention from local newspapers and TV news channels and will surely receive even more attention in the future. We would love to take time in every interview, every press release, and at every one of our events to thank our sponsors and spread the word about the good work that you are doing in our community. Due to the length of time that a project such as this takes, there will be many opportunities for your involvement to be recognized. We will also have a permanent recognition board at the playground where our sponsors will be recognized for their contribution. Included in this packet are suggested donations and information on where and how to donate. However, please feel free to create your own donation amount. 

Demographic Profile


              Wacousta Elementary sits in a peaceful rural community in southern Clinton County about 10 minutes outside of Grand Ledge, Michigan and about 12 miles from downtown Lansing. It currently has 483 students that attend in first through sixth grade. It is part of the Grand Ledge Public School system and is one of four elementary schools in the district.


Many of the families in Wacousta love it for the beautiful parks, farmers markets, outdoor recreation activities, and wonderful neighbors. As was the case with the original Dream Depot playground, we expect many families from around the state to come to Wacousta to enjoy this wonderful, unique playground.


Community Input

The students of Wacousta Elementary will be meeting with a designer from Leathers & Associates on Thursday, March 17th. During this Design Day the students will get the chance to tell the designer what they would love to see in their dream playground. In addition to the suggestions from the students, the designer will also gather input from teachers that work with special needs children so that we can make this an all-inclusive playground that meets the needs of all children.


9135 Herbison Rd, Eagle, MI 48822
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