Borden Elementary unveils new $52,677 playground funded by PTO PDF Print E-mail
Thanksgiving week started with a bang Monday afternoon in Borden as the PTO unveiled a new $52,677 play ground.

The Borden Parent Teacher Organization raised all of the money and also shopped around and chose the vendor and equipment.

“We actually visited several schools in this area and Indianapolis during our research,” said Borden PTO President Christian Pearson.

In any amount of time raising more than $52,000 is a phenomenal feat, but the Borden PTO accomplished it in just six months.

“When we started this journey in the Spring, we never dreamed we’d be having the grand opening this soon,” Pearson said.

Pearson said to kick-off the fundraising campaign, the group created a You Caring page, which is similar to Go Fund Me, but with less fees, she said.

The students produced a video, which can be viewed on the You Caring page at

Students also wrote letters to community members, which were included in grant applications and donation request packets to local businesses.

The group is continuing to raise money for a second phase of the project.

Following is a break-down of where the money came from:

· Back to School Bash / Concert in the Park - $12,060

· Richard & Alice Schleicher (on behalf of KFC) - $11,000

· Borden PTO (carry over from the 2015-2016 school year) - $6,000

· Donations from parents, community members and anonymous donations - $5,835

· Wood-Carr Community Grant - $5,000

· Starlight Foundation - $5,000

· Box Tops $3,435

· America’s Windows - $3,000

· Braves 50th anniversary t-shirt sales $1328

· Reading for Education Fundraiser  $618

· Washington Co Rural Telephone Cooperative - $500

· Bridge Realtors – Floyds Knobs $500

· Sam’s Club Community Grant - $500

· Bubble Gum Fundraiser (students brought in $2 for the privilege of chewing gum at school) $398

· Shoparoo (an app where parents scan in receipts and schools earn money) - $255

· Stay N Play Child Care Center - $200

· Doctors Fleck & Bautista - $200

Pearson said the back-to-school bash was the event that raised the most funds.

She said the planning committee for that consisted of: Pearson, Beth Leftwich, PTO Vice President, Debra Lehr, PTO Treasurer, Teresa Baird, PTO Secretary, Lisa Hawkins, Borden Elementary principal, Lisa Nale, Borden High School principal, Sandra Kirkland – Borden Elementary school secretary, Lisa Gardner – Borden Elementary instructional coach, Jeff Hurst – Borden Elementary & High School custodian, Cindie Crain – PTO member and parent, Kimra Schleicher – PTO member and parent and Stephanie Cooley – PTO member and parent.

Pearson said the PTO officers applied for local grants, solicited donations from local businesses and organized the other fundraisers.

“We made a presentation at the September School Board meeting to get approval for our plan.   Construction began right after Fall Break, and took about a month to complete,” Pearson said. “In addition to the installation of the new equipment, a new drainage system was installed, which the school district paid for.”