UPDATE 10/29/2020: We did it! 3 weeks. 91 donors. $44,220 raised. On October 1, 2020, we started a three-week playground fundraising campaign to raise $40,827 for CASA's new playgrounds. With the help of our wonderful donors, we raised a total of $44,220 between online and offline donations and private grants. We are absolutely thrilled that we were able to meet our goal and that our scholars will have not one, but two amazing playgrounds to enjoy next year! Thank you all for your support!
UPDATE 10/23/2020: Thank you to everyone who donated to our playground fundraising campaign both on and offline! With your help, we were able to raise over $25,000 towards our playgrounds! We will provide an update with the specific amount of money raised after totaling all donations. Thank you for supporting our scholars and their dreams of having a playground! We couldn't have done this without your help!
At CASA Academy, we say that the road to college starts in kindergarten. We truly believe that each and every one of our students, who we call scholars, is on the road to college, and will be a college scholar one day. At CASA, 96% of our scholars are on free and reduced-price lunch, the national indicator of poverty, 97% of our scholars are students of color, and 67% of our scholars are English Language Learners. Most of the families that we serve do not have access to early childhood education materials and programs, or materials to supplement scholar learning at home once they’ve started school. This means that many of our scholars start kindergarten below grade level, and would continue to fall farther behind if they weren’t enrolled in a school with programs and staff committed to closing the achievement gap.
CASA Academy will be moving to a new, permanent location in the 2021-2022 school year. While we are ecstatic to finally have a place to call our own, there is no playground equipment on this property. A playground will dramatically improve the academic progress of CASA scholars by providing them with opportunities proven to not only increase academic achievement, but also positively affect scholar behavior and attitudes. When our scholars have a more positive mindset, and are surrounded by other scholars who think the same way, their likelihood of succeeding academically and advancing to college increases dramatically.
Our goal is to raise $40,827. This will cover the cost of 36 items across two playgrounds. Below is a list of the items we need to purchase to complete the playgrounds, along with their prices. You can donate the specific amount for any of these items, or you may donate an amount of your choice. Our Facebook and Instagram pages will have more information about the items listed. CASA Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
To learn more about CASA Academy, you can go to our website or visit our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you in advance for helping CASA Academy raise the bar for education in Phoenix!
Playground Items Still Needed
Crunch Bar: $52 - Already Purchased!
How Tall Am I?: $88 - Already Purchased!
Bongos: $120 - Already Purchased!
Mini Pod Toad Stool: $131 - Already Purchased!
Single Steering Wheel: $143 - Already Purchased!
Fun Seat (2 needed): $144 each - Already Purchased!
Belt Swing Seat (4 needed): $287 each
Echo Chamber Gizmo Panel: $296
Maze Wheel Gizmo Panel: $326
Overhead Arched Loop Ladder: $349
Tic-Tac-Toe Panel: $497
Pine Climber: $608
Maze Panel: $648
Ergo Climber: $686
Swerve Zip Slide (4’ tall): $725 - Already Purchased!
3-in-a-Row Half Panel: $785
Swerve Zip Slide (5’ tall): $789
Whirlwind Climber: $833
Straight Zip Slide: $845
Ashiko & Djembe: $852
Puppy Maze Panel: $877
Double Ridge Climber: $885
Fun-L Crawl Tube: $888
3-in-a-Row Panel: $996
Weeble Climber: $1,241
Traverse Climber: $1,287
Suspension Bridge: $2,440 - Already Purchased!
Double Wilderslide II: $3,593
Square Sunblox Canopy (2 needed): $4,669 each
Double Bay Swing Shade: $8,679