Students in Lisa Courtright’s third grade class at Roxboro Road Elementary in Mattydale hold a jar in which the school is collecting change for its playground fundraising campaign. The campaign is called “Pennies for the Playground.” From left are Tahjzaya Quinones, Caleb Gelo, Charles French and Annelisa Farley.
continued The Run for Roxboro. Held at the end of the school year, the event calls for students to run laps around the school track. They also participate in other fitness activities throughout the day. Families donate to support the run.
“This has been a very successful fundraiser for the past two years, and we are hoping to do even better this year, as it will be dedicated to our RRE PTG executive board member and RRE teacher, Jeanelle Cross, who passed away from a battle with breast cancer in September 2012,” Courtright said. “It was Ms. Cross who first helped to initiate and organize this specific fundraiser, which kicked off the beginning of our playground fund in 2011.”
In addition, once it’s constructed, the playground will be named after Cross.
Crazy hat days. Over the last two years, students and staffers wear a hat to school on specific dates. Donations are welcome, but optional.
The school has also held events like a Yankee Candle sale, a breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s, cheesecake sales and more. The committee is also looking into grant opportunities.
Courtright said the committee is also looking for the community’s help to raise adequate funds.
“School playgrounds are often used by community members after school hours, so we would love to have the community assist us with this project,” Courtright said. “If anyone would like to help contribute to our playground and assist our RRE students, donations are greatly accepted and appreciated.”
Checks can be made payable to the Roxboro Road Elementary Parent Teacher Group (RRE PTG) and mailed directly to RRE’s Playground Committee at Roxboro Road Elementary, 200 Bernard St., Syracuse, NY 13211.
Courtright said the committee is also asking for help in purchasing specific pieces of equipment.
“For example, a company could sponsor the installation of a bench, a climbing structure, a special needs swing, etc.,” she said. “All businesses who contribute larger amounts towards equipment will be recognized on our welcome sign to be placed near the playground.”