With today’s snow, we have to remind ourselves that spring will arrive eventually and the children will soon find themselves enjoying a much different outdoor environment. In addition to warmer temperatures and spring flowers, the children will also see the HMS outdoor environment come to life.
During the fall and winter months, we worked with a landscape designer to design a “natural playground.” Attention has been given to plants and structures that will complement our already beautiful natural setting. Among sunflowers and butterfly bushes, the younger children will enjoy a natural sandbox, low balance beams, bird houses and raised garden beds. In addition to the soccer field, our older children will find boulders to scramble upon, tree stumps to jump on, larger garden beds, and a climbing tower with a zip line. A centrally located natural outdoor amphitheater will offer a unique space for gathering.
All of this is possible through the effort and generosity of our families. The majority of the funding for the outdoor environment was raised last year at our Spring Gala and Silent Auction — a fun evening of dinner, dancing, and bidding on auction items. It will be gratifying to see the outdoor environment come to life, and it will serve as a reminder of each family’s participation in this annual fundraising event.
This year the Spring Gala will be held on March 22nd. All proceeds will benefit the newly created HMS Annual Fund. If you are interested in participating, either by donating or attending, please contact Karen in the front office.