Thursday, May 10, 2012 • 3A
News Editors: Emily Gresbrink & Haley Zblewski
Children’s Center raises funds by selling bricks
The runaways Friday, May 4 At 11:09 p.m., an officer spotted a group of people walking into the Hibbard Hall parking lot, where one man was carrying an open can of beer. The officer pulled into the lot to talk to him, but the group noticed the officer and ran away into the bushes near Hibbard. The officer began checking the area for the runaways and noticed a number of people running through the yards of apartments on State Street. While talking to the residents of the apartments, they noticed a group of five to seven individuals in the Hibbard lot. The residents of the apartments said those were the people who were in their yard
Money will be used to help new center with playground By Emily Albrent COPY EDITOR
Brick by brick, the UW-Eau Claire Children’s Center will build a new playground with funds that will be raised through an upcoming event. The Brick by Brick fundraiser will be a chance for the public to support the new Children’s Center and to have a memento that will connect them with the university for years to come, Children’s Center Director Rebecca Wurzer said. “We needed a fundraiser and we thought that this would be a good lasting, permanent (option),” Wurzer said. According to the fundraiser’s website, these bricks can be purchased in two sizes at two different costs. The smaller of the two, the size of a standard brick, will cost $100 and a larger brick will cost $500. The bricks, which can be embossed with names or anything of the buyer’s choosing, will be placed near the front door and the courtyard area of the new center, said Kimera Way, the executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. “It is really well suited to
the current location ... it (will) be a really neat link to what the Children’s Center will be doing,” Way said. The bricks will not only function as a way of fundraising, but according to Wurzer, they can mean much more to the person who has purchased the brick. “It is kind of exciting to have your brick from the first year that we opened,” Wurzer said. It is just kind of a memory thing. I wish years ago that they would have done it to some of these other (university) buildings.” The Children’s Center wants to use the funds raised to build an outdoor play area for their new center, Wurzer said. “We’re doing an emphasis on nature-based curriculum, so we’re not going to have our plastic playground, it is all going to be nature based, so a lot of things have to be made,” Wurzer said. Wurzer said she feels as if the community response to the fundraiser is “fair.” She said she acknowledges that because of the confusion over where the new center would be built, the fundraiser lost momentum. However, now that they know where they will be moving, Wurzer said that
they are slowly starting to bring the fundraiser idea back. “I think now that when people have some facts, it may start up again, it may get more interest,” Way said. “And it might be when people see the bricks as the priory is used ... they might want to have that as a remembrance.” Sophomore Paige Jaworski said she really likes the idea of this kind of fundraiser. “I think that it is a good idea ... I know that they do try different fundraisers every year but I think that this is a more original idea than the usual bake sales,” Jaworski said. She also said that she thought the public would invest in this type of fundraiser. “I know that $100 is a lot for a brick, but I know that a lot of the families like the Children’s Center,” Jaworski said. According to Way, the blocks will be placed sometime this summer, and she hopes that people enjoy what the fundraiser will bring to the new center. “We would love to have everybody come out and see what a spectacular place it will be for our kids and for the students who are working there.”
shortly before. Another officer was speaking to the group of people when the first officer approached them. One individual, a male, was asked why he ran away from the officer. He initially said he didn’t run, but later admitted to running away because he didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to get in trouble. The man also said he didn’t know anyone in the group at first, but once again admitted that he did know the others who were running away. The officer issued the man an underage drinking citation and told him he was free to leave.
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