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November, 2018

Dear Smith Families,


The Samantha Smith playgrounds need replacement! The wooden structures are as old as the school – 30 years! In celebration of Samantha Smith Elementary School’s 30th Anniversary, a special committee of the Smith PTSA (Project Playground Team) has been created to raise funds totalling roughly $60,000 to replace the wooden play structure in the front of the school and the Kindergarten playground in the back of the school.

We can’t do it without you! If each student donates $30 in honor of the 30th year of the school, we will be well on our way to funding the playground! If you can support with more, and add matching with your employer, we would be tremendously grateful! This is a one time ask!

We will be hosting fundraising events throughout the fall and winter to raise funds! Please keep an eye out!! In the meantime, if you want to donate any amount via check (made out to “Samantha Smith PTSA"), please put it in the envelope sent home with your child and have your student return to school. Students and families will be acknowledged in several ways!

Check back here for updates!

Want to be part of the planning committee? Want to help fundraise? Please email Kate Thibodeau at







Current Play Structures:

Here are the before photos of the Big Toys we are replacing:

Old Front Playground

The Big Toy in front of the school (above) is wooden and 30 years old. It has has been repaired several times but is very deteriorated and is on its last year of life.

 The Kindergarten playground (above) is 30 years old and the wooden structure is also on its last year of life.



Replacement Possibilities:

We are in the beginning phases of meeting with vendors, working with the Lake Washington School District to determine viable and appropriate playground sets, and raising funds.  Once we finalize a price and general design, we will be using the LWSD Playground Standards to offer the Smith Elementary students a choice in voting for their new playground! Stay tuned!

Here are two options for the Playground in front of the school. 

Option 1


Option 2


Kindergarten Playground designs are still being drawn up.



Fundraising Opportunities:

We have a few ongoing fundraising opportunities and special events. If you have an idea or want to chat about running your own, contact Kate at

PTSA Member Donation (paypal or check) [Click Here]

Guest donation [Click Here]

Donation envelopes were also sent home with this flier: [Playground Flier PDF]

'Pennies for the Playground' Buckets

MOD Pizza Fundraiser on January 13



Jimmy Johns, MOD Pizza, Chipotle, Accents et cetera Gift Baskets

Auction Sponsors:

Zeeks Pizza, Glass House Dance, Dance with Miss Sue, i9sports, Sammamish Village Family Dentistry, Book Adventures with Pam, Cougar Mountain Zoo, The Wood Family, Heartcraft Girl, Zo & Jordan, Tanoor, Always Forward Coaching and Consulting, LLC, Moonie Icy Tunes. 


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