After nearly two years of planning and fundraising, the Baker Elementary PTA playground project is complete. Baker parents donned hammers and hard hats as they participated in a community build this past July. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in August to kick off the new school year and officially celebrate the new playground.
Funds for the project were raised through grants, corporate sponsorships, and fundraisers through the PTA, including a ten thousand dollar USC Community Foundation grant, the school’s Read-A-Thon, and a commemorative brick sale.
A collaborative effort from the start, the PTA committee and Baker principal Dr. Patrick McClintock-Comeaux worked side-by-side with students from USCHS’s STEAM Innovation & Consulting course. The high school students helped develop the design, which updated the school’s outdoor play spaces to maximizes usage and ensure appropriate adult supervision.
“We are excited that our hard work has paid off,” said Lindsay Beck, PTA president for Baker. “Baker families and friends have given so generously to this project. We are happy for everyone to see and enjoy the finished product, especially the kids!”