This drawing was published in The Hutchison News on Dec. 3 showing the proposed plan for “Play Haven Park”. Several BHS groups are working to add money to the fundraising started by BHS band parents.

Efforts are underway to raise money to create a park in honor and memory of Haven Stambaugh, daughter of Eric and Amanda Stambaugh, who passed away in May of 2017. According to The Hutchinson News, a group of band parents are spearheading the efforts and hope to begin construction on the park in the Spring of 2019. “Play Haven” will be located in the Monarch Meadows sub-division off of 30th Street near CrossPoint church.

Senior Lindsey Maschler, class president, said she hopes the park will reflect how bright Haven’s personality was and that it will be a fun environment for other kids to enjoy.

She described how her mom and Haven were pretty close. When Haven’s parents couldn’t be with her, her mom would spend time visiting her in the hospital.

Maschler stated, “Both my sisters and I used to babysit her when she was little.” She also said she heard about the park idea when her mom got involved in it.  “I wanted to be able to be a part of it in some shape or form; to participate and make a difference.”

Senior class officers decided to have “Play Haven” be the Class of 2019’s Legacy Project. Officers are Maschler, Averie Brown, Carsyn Heinlein, and Jimmy Nguyen. Their goal is to buy the seesaw for the park which costs $2000. They have that much in their account now, but they need to double that amount because the money also has to go to some ongoing scholarships for seniors that get given out each year at the awards ceremony.

Their first fundraiser happened on Sept. 13 when they blocked off the parking lots and asked people to pay $2 to park;  they gave out donuts to anyone who participated. 

They got an additional $400 from the teachers who are paying money to get to wear jeans on certain Wednesdays. They have received a donation from a former band student who was a member of the color guard. They are starting to do business donation solicitations. They plan to do another BHS fundraising event in the spring.

Other BHS groups have now decided to contribute money as well. Crusader Corner decided that all their tips collected this week, Dec. 10-14, plus a percentage of their sales will be given to the “Play Haven” fund. They plan to write a check on Monday.  Student Council is holding a special Legacy Project Hat Day to raise some money. On Friday, Dec. 14, anyone wishing to wear a hat needs to pay $2. You must see Mrs. Unruh to pay and get your sticker showing you have a right to be wearing a hat in school.