An anonymous donor recently agreed to match every dollar donated to the playground rebuild fund, which began on Sept. 3 by the Sacramento Unified Education Foundation, SCUSD’s official nonprofit organization.
Earlier this summer, playground structures at Wenzel and John Sloat Elementary School were set ablaze. Damage was extensive and both structures were removed for safety reasons. Sacramento Fire Department in conjunction with the Sacramento Police Department made an arrest in connection with the crimes. Although SCUSD is moving swiftly to replace the structures, the schools opened on time without them. The district’s insurance deductible is $25,000 for each incident. Without donations, that $50,000 will come out of the general fund budget, further hampering the district’s work to rebound from recessionary budget cuts.
“We are so grateful for these generous contributions,” said SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond. “Our fundraising has a ways to go, but we have a wonderfully supportive community that I believe will help us get our kids playing again.”
On July 31, a neighbor of John Sloat Elementary School reported to Sacramento Fire Department that the playground structure was on fire. The extent of damage caused by the blaze required removal of the entire structure. Fire officials later confirmed that the fire was deliberately set.
The following night, on August 1, the playground structure at Caroline Wenzel Elementary School in the Pocket neighborhood was set ablaze. Although the damage was not as extensive as that of the John Sloat incident, the structure was torn down for safety reasons.
Visit scusd.edu for more information. Community members can donate to the Sacramento Unified Education Foundation through checks made out to:
Sacramento Unified Education Foundation
P.O. Box 246353, Sacramento or donate through PayPal.