The renewing of Play Fair Daycare is an exciting community event that would not have been possible without the help of Borderland Co-op.
It started when Cooper – Co-op’s mascot – went to visit the daycare, which provides high-quality child care to over 70 children in Moosomin, Sask., and the surrounding area. While she was there, Tera Harper, Director of Member Relations and Marketing at Borderland Co-op, noticed that the walls were in bad shape and needed a fresh coat of paint. Daycare staff acknowledged the need and said attempts to secure funding for the required renovations were turned down by the bank.
Harper encouraged them to apply for Co-op’s Communities in Full Colour Program to help their facility get the makeover it needed by receiving free paint.
“No applications for the Communities in Full Colour program had come in yet, so I reached out to the daycare to let them know we can give them free paint,” Harper said.
Play Fair Daycare was excited about the idea but still had a challenge ahead of them – they did not have money to hire someone to paint the large area. Harper worked with Tricia Piper, Project Design Specialist at the Co-op Home Centre in Moosomin, to gather volunteers. Piper also selected soft colours and created an original design for the walls.
The six volunteers from Borderland Co-op rallied together to paint the 2,000-square-foot main floor of the large daycare, giving it a much-needed makeover over a weekend in February. Play Fair Daycare was able to save over $8,000 in paint and labour as a result of these efforts.
“It was an absolute great donation. It meant a lot to have support from a local business as we could not afford it,” said Terri Low, director of Play Fair Daycare.
The project would not have been possible without the passionate efforts of the Play Fair Daycare staff and the team at Borderland Co-op, which ensured a brighter and rejuvenated environment for so many local children.