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Forest Park Elementary PTA Raises Another $20,000 for New Athletic Complex

Money comes in during donation drive that started April 25.
Updated (May 3):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Forest Park PTA reports today that the group has raised the additional $20,000 it needed to complete the project.

PTA President Jennifer Ronnel says that thanks to the generous support of Forest Park Alumni, current families and the local community, the amount was raised between April 25th and May 3rd.

People who are interested in leaving a legacy on the Forest park campus by purchasing a brick engraved with their name or the name of children, grandchildren, parents, etc., may still purchase a brick today by contacting Peyton Woodyard at (501) 960-0539.

A groundbreaking on the athletic complex will be held in June.

Original story (April 25):
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - The Forest Park Elementary School Parent Teachers Association, along with Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton, announced today that the organization has raised enough funds to begin construction on a multi-use athletic complex for the school. However, the PTA still needs to raise $20,000 by May 3 to fully fund all phases of the project, which include an all-weather athletic pavilion, jogging track and synthetic turf field. As a nationally acclaimed Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, Forest Park Elementary is celebrating its centennial year and currently serves 450 students.

The project will be named the Forest Park Centennial Athletic Pavilion and will be the largest gift on record ever donated to LRSD by a school PTA. Nabholz Construction is scheduled to begin construction on June 7, the day after the current school year is completed, and it is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2013-2014 school year.  

"Forest Park Elementary is 100 years old. This is our birthday present to the school district and to the Forest Park children for generations to come.  If you attended Forest Park or know someone who attended Forest Park and you want to purchase an engraved brick or make a tax-deductible contribution before next Friday, May 3, you can help us raise the remaining $20,000 needed to complete the project," said Forest Park PTA Fundraising Chair Peyton Woodyard. "We appreciate your help and support."  

To help raise the remaining $20,000, please send an email to forestpark100@gmail or call the Fundraising Chairperson at (501) 960-0539 for more information. Donations can be sent to Forest Park PTA at P.O. Box 7602, Little Rock, Arkansas 72217.

The multi-use athletic pavilion is a much-needed improvement to the school campus. Currently, Forest Park doesn't have a gymnasium or covered activity area. This addition to the campus will provide an appropriate space for physical education as well as protect children from the weather elements throughout the year. In addition, it will provide a safe and secure outdoor place for children who are enrolled in the Little Rock School District's after-school CARE program and serve as an outdoor classroom.

"I am very thankful and proud of our PTA for leading the efforts on such a monumental project, " said Forest Park Elementary Principal Theresa Ketcher. "It is only fitting that a structure of this scale will be built and completed during Forest Park Elementary's Centennial Year."

In early 2012, the Forest Park PTA identified the need to increase physical activity on campus and approached the Little Rock School District about the plans for an athletic pavilion. After unanimous approval by the Little Rock School District Board this past September, the PTA launched a fundraising effort in conjunction with its Centennial. 

"We are very appreciative and grateful for the overwhelming support of the Little Rock School District and the local community," said Forest Park PTA President Jennifer Ronnel. "This project will help increase physical activity on campus and improve and enrich the overall educational experience for children for decades to come.

Since September 2012, over $300,000 has been raised and the PTA is looking to raise another $20,000 by May 3 to fully fund the project. The PTA's primary fundraiser, personalized engraved bricks, will make up the seating, walls and columns throughout the athletic pavilion. There are different sized bricks for different funding levels.

The Forest Park PTA in particular would like to thank Cromwell Architects for donating all architectural services for this project and Nabholz Construction, Staley Electric, Ketcher Roofing and Arkansas Fence and Guardrail for their generous contributions in reducing the overall costs for construction.
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