As seen in the Ludlow Register June 29, 2017
LUDLOW – When someone mentions a “summer slide,” they’re typically referring to the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous semester. On the last day of school this year, that phrase took on an entirely different connotation. For the third consecutive year, PV Financial Group, in conjunction with the Ludlow police and fire departments, hosted a “Slide into Summer Safety” event at the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls.
Nearly 400 children, along with their parents and grandparents, turned out for a fun-filled afternoon last Friday with a twist. Gone were the bubbles of years past, which were replaced with giant inflatable waterslides powered by LFD hoses.
“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” said Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club President & CEO Jennifer Aldworth.
PV Financial initiated the end-of-the-school-year event three years ago to promote engagement between children and local safety officials at the start of the summer. PV Financial Managing Partner Ed Sokolowski said summer brings a number of warm-weather dangers (as well as delights) for children, including fireworks, sun and tick exposure, and bike-related injuries. In addition to the wet and wild fun, kids were able to interact with Ludlow firefighters, police officers and members of the Ludlow CARES Coalition.
Organizers collected $450 in donations to support the community outreach initiatives of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club. The event drew over 50 volunteers from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, the Ludlow Rotary Club, Luso Federal Credit Union, the Ludlow High School girls and boys track teams, and the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club.
Elsie’s Creamery at Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse dished out samples of PV Lava Dough ice cream. The signature flavor, which features swirls of marshmallow, ripples of raspberry and chunks of cookie dough, was voted on and selected by third-grade Junior Achievement students back in 2015.
In addition to the waterslides, younger children had a ball on the Ludlow Community Center’s newly-renovated splash pad. Funding for the renovation project, which included the replacement of aging water features and the installation of skid proof concrete (replacing the existing pea stone) was made possible through a matching grant from Balise Auto Group. The company pledged to match $2 for every dollar raised during the month of February, up to $10,000.