Schoolyard Improvement Project — Updates and FAQs

First off, a big thank you to those who have already donated to the Eagle Crest Schoolyard Improvement Project.  We are off to a great start, and your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We have had a number of questions regarding the Schoolyard Improvement Project and will try to address them to ensure that the school community understands the goals and reasons behind a second fundraising push this year.  Please see some of the questions that we’ve received and their answers below, and let us know what other questions you have. Our aim is to be as transparent as possible while moving towards a dramatically improved Eagle Crest schoolyard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Um, remind me.  What is the Schoolyard Improvement Project?  

A: Eagle Crest has received $110,000 to improve our schoolyard!  The Schoolyard Volunteer Planning Committee is working directly with Eagle Crest parents and the Longmont community in order to improve one of its most important facilities, our Eagle Crest Elementary. We are asking for your help to raise additional funds to help ensure this dream comes to fruition. Simply put, the more money we raise, the more improvements we can make. This is a huge opportunity to improve our children’s daily outdoor experiences.

Q: When will this project occur?  Will my kids benefit?

A: The changes are scheduled to be made this summer, which means that we need to raise funds in a hurry.  It also means that our entire community will benefit almost immediately.

Q: How can I see the proposed schoolyard changes?  

A: The Schoolyard Improvement Project’s website has plans and photos that will help you better envision the planned changes.  Please visit www.elevateeaglecrest.com. As you will see, this is a huge opportunity to greatly improve the play yard and learning spaces provided to our children and the greater community.  

Q: I just gave money to the PTO for Laps 4 Leadership.  How is this different from that fundraising initiative?

A: Laps 4 Leadership is driven by the PTO whereas the Schoolyard Improvement Project was kickstarted by an Eagle Crest parent who saw the need for change. This parent then partnered with other parents, staff members, and — most importantly — students to create the Schoolyard Volunteer Planning Committee; they are now working with the PTO to fundraise for this very particular opportunity. The money earned by Laps 4 Leadership is earmarked for all sorts of specific items, including paraprofessional salaries, field trips, classroom funds, and more. The PTO has, however, donated an initial $5,000 towards the Schoolyard Improvement Project.  

Q: How can I help this initiative?

A: The most direct way to help is to donate via the website at www.elevateeaglecrest.com. Company match programs are a great way to double your donation, and every donation will help to make the planned improvements a reality.  

We need YOUR help to improve our schoolyard!

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We are so excited to kick off this effort! Thanks to the proactive efforts of a few visionary Eagle Crest parents, we have received $110,000 to Improve our Schoolyard! We have big plans — such as buddy benches, inclusive play opportunities, and outdoor learning areas — to name a few. But we need YOUR HELP to make this happen! The Schoolyard Volunteer Planning Committee is partnering with parents on this project because they realize that this is a great opportunity to work closely with the community to improve one of its facilities, and they appreciate the effort already put forth by the proactive parents at Eagle Crest Elementary School to make it happen. We still need to raise some additional funds (our target is $50,000, but the more we raise, the more we can do in the yard!) in order to make this vision a reality. Check out our planned design features and how we got here on the About the Project page of this site, or make a donation NOW!

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