After six months of intense playground fundraising, leaders of the Jefferson Playground Project at Jefferson School in Maplewood are thrilled to report that the effort has raised close to $79,000, with another $10,000+ from matching funds and private parties pending.
Remarkably, more than $12,000 of that amount was raised by children in the classroom at Jefferson and Marshall School (Marshall students, grades K-2, come to Jefferson for grades 3-5) with the Pennies to Play campaign. Twenty-seven classrooms between Marshall and Jefferson filled change jars and earned an ice cream party as a reward.
The final goal is $100,000 to purchase new playground equipment for Jefferson School.
According to Jefferson Playground Project team member Jen Klepesch, this progress is “testament to the commitment and dedication of this Marshall-Jefferson community.”
Now, project leaders are pushing to wrap up total fundraising efforts by Friday, May 29. In order to get it done, the project has created a final campaign called “Are we there yet?!” (see the video above).
All students will be encouraged to “Wear Red for the Playground” on Friday to celebrate the successful fundraising effort.
Help the Jefferson Playground Project meet its goal by donating here: https://www.gofundme.com/jeffplayground