Fundraising Begins For Playgrounds Torched By Arsonist

sacramento city unified school district
A fundraising campaign began today to help replace playground structures at two Sacramento schools. The playground equipment was destroyed by arson about a month ago.

Gabe Ross with the Sacramento City Unified School District says 50-thousand dollars is needed to restore the playgrounds at John Sloat and Caroline Wenzel Elementary schools. 

"The cost to build each playground is about $70,000 per playground," says Ross. "However the damage was covered by our insurance so we have to cover our insurance deductible which is $25,000 per school."

Ross says the money would have to come from the district's general fund, unless private donations can pay for the deductible.

As of this afternoon, donations totaled $4,000 -including $1,000 each from the Rebuild McKinley Steering Committee and the Caroline Wenzel Parent Teacher Association.

The district's long-dormant foundation was recently reactivated and this fundraising effort will be its first project.  

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