Obstacle course fundraiser for new school playground
Plans for a new playground at Deasy Elementary School have been underway for nearly a year, with fundraising efforts now being ramped up to make the design come to life by September 2017. To help the PTA reach its goal, a RADD CrossFit Obstacle Course Challenge will be held at the school on Saturday, Oct. 22.
“Lately, raising money has become equated with activities,” said Danielle Fugazy-Scagliola, who came up with the idea for the obstacle course. “This is a really unique event.”
A member of RADD CrossFit, Fugazy-Scagliola recruited owner and trainer Diana Jimenez to help create the obstacle course. Jimenez said it will be a family friendly obstacle course, with hurdles, wall climbing, tire flips, sandbags to push and pull and a water balloon toss, if it is not too cold. Modifications will be available, making the course suitable for all ages and skill levels. Participants can choose to follow either a competitive or noncompetitive track. She and her husband, Daniel Gutierrez, as well as two trainers from the gym, will be on hand to assist the day of the event.
She said some of her adult members at the gym are former Deasy students and she’s trying to get them involved in the challenge as well. To assist with fundraising, the gym is even holding a 50/50 raffle.
“For us, it’s important to be a part of the community,” said Jimenez. “We’re very excited to be able to help, and doing something that will directly impact kids is something we’re always more than happy to do.”
Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and the challenge course opens at 9:30 a.m. in the Deasy School field. The event will include breakfast, BBQ, prizes, DJ Steve Battaglia and a 50/50 raffle. Participants register in teams of three, four and five. Cost is $15 per student, $20 per adult. All proceeds raised will benefit the new playground.
Fugazy-Scagliola said she’s confident the remaining funds needed will be raised over the course of the year so that by next September, there will be a new playground at Deasy. She and other members of the Deasy school community have been aggressively fundraising and applying for grants to the raise the money needed for the project, estimated at $100,000. So far, about half of the funds have been raised. The Glen Cove Education Foundation is also looking for sponsors for the event, with opportunities ranging from $100 for a brick sponsor to $1,000 for a gold sponsor.
The Deasy School playground is used by children attending Glen Cove City Camp during the summer, the district’s universal pre-k program and on the weekend and after school by children from the community.
“Deasy playground is more than a school playground, it’s a community asset,” said Fugazy-Scagliola. “Our children need a fun, engaging place to burn off energy and we want to provide that.”
Visit www.gofundme.com/Deasyplayground to donate.