Lakeview Elementary raises $42,000 for a new playground

image It's not a glamorous story, but it sure is a great one. Students, faculty, staff and partners at Lakeview Elementary Design Center did something remarkable. They raised more than $42,000 to build a new playground at the school - by themselves. Without a PTA, PTO or other parent group to spearhead the effort, principal Robin Shumate decided they could do it on their own. For three years, Lakeview families sold cookie dough, held fundraisers, raffles and even collected spare change in every classroom to reach their goal. The hard work all paid off today when they cut the ribbon on the new playground. The classes that raised the most money were the first ones allowed to play. image

They had a lot of help from local community partners, too. Groups like Regions Bank, U.S. Community Credit Union, Kroger, Chuck E. Cheese, Ruby Tuesday, Walgreen’s, Inter State Photography, Compton’s, Wal-Mart, and McDonald’s all pitched in. Today's ceremony welcomed Council Member Karen Johnson, who brought a message from Mayor Dean, and many other special guests. Thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality. The students at Lakeview will be thanking you for years to come as they play outside!