Annual Appeal

Level The Playing Field With Us!

Our playgrounds have been inadequate for too long and now is the time to make a difference. This year our fundraising efforts are asking you to help us level the playing field by creating our community’s first ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) -accessible playgrounds and giving them a much-needed upgrade.

These outdoor spaces — at Stormonth Elementary and Bayside Middle Schools — have never been more important!

Did you know that currently there is no public place for children of ALL abilities to play safely in our community? The existing playgrounds at our schools have been falling apart for years and their design is not inclusive of all children.

Simply put, our playgrounds don’t match the academic excellence of our schools.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of outdoor spaces, and made it abundantly clear that now is the time to act on this initiative. Having stimulating outdoor spaces promotes social intelligence, allows students to recharge between academic sessions, and encourages movement throughout the day for greater physical health.

Please help us bring these changes to our community.Because of your generous support last year, we have already raised $60,000 toward our goal of $100,000. We are so close, and we are hopeful that the district can break ground in summer 2021.

Please help us level the playing field for the benefit of our students and the entire community.

Why Playgrounds? Why Now?

As the district wants to get kids outside as much as possible this year and for years to come, the dilapidated nature of our playground spaces is a disservice and works against efforts to give kids a break from screens, masks, etc.

There is compelling data about the benefits of active play and free-range socialization for children of all abilities.

Having stimulating outdoor spaces promotes social intelligence, 
allows students to recharge between academic sessions, and encourages movement throughout
 the day for greater physical health.


Check out, The Benefits of Play in Children by Marie Hartel-Walker, Ed.D.