Pine Hill School's New Playground

Have you heard of the Pine Hill Elementary School, Little Pandas Playground Project -In Honor and Loving Memory of Cynthia Van Vleck? Many of your neighbors are part of this exciting new community project and now we're here to ask for your support too!

Pine Hill Elementary School is home to Transitional Kindergarten through 3'd grade classes in the South Bay Union Elementary School District. This is an important transition time for our youngest students as they grow from learning their ABCs and 123s, to being full-blown readers and writers capable of critical thinking and problem-solving. These school years offer our students an opportunity to still be kids in a safe and supportive school environment while learning the skills necessary to lead and succeed in life.

However, recess on the playground at Pine Hill Elementary is not what it used to be because the playground equipment is 25 years old. It's outdated, not much fun and, quite frankly, simply needs a makeover. Additionally, we would like to relocate the playground away from Vance Ave. and down towards the main recess playing area, making room for a much-needed parking lot extension and the construction of a new Preschool/Childcare Facility.

Although we'd all like to see the school district pay for new equipment, there simply isn't any money in the budget for this project.  The only way new equipment can be purchased (anytime soon) is through our fundraising efforts and private donations.

With this in mind, a group of volunteers from the community launched an initiative called the “Little Pandas Playground Project –In Honor and Loving Memory of Cynthia Van Vleck” with the intention of raising money in the community to purchase new equipment and recruit volunteers for the installation. Our goal is to fundraise $50,000  by April l, 2018. Contributions exceeding $1,000  will be recognized at the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for late June 2018. A plaque recognizing their donation will also be displayed on sitting benches surrounding the playground. Through the generous donations of our Pine Hill/South Bay Parent Teacher Student Association, and with a match from the District, we have already raised $12,500 .  In the past, our community was successful at raising money and recruiting volunteers for similar projects, including the playground equipment at the South Bay Elementary School. We're hoping our community will rally again to support this project.

Can we count on your support? Learn more about the Little Panda Playground Project