Paying To Play

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Lorie Schaefer is a kindergarten teacher at Al Seeliger Elementary School, in Carson City.
She says she understands why the school district struggles with budget choices.
"There's just a limited amount of money to go around and it's very difficult for the district to make choices about what to fund and what not to fund. But, we still need to have some of those other things that the district cannot provide."

The parent-teacher organization Seeliger is trying to raise a hefty sum: a total of about 30-thousand dollars.
The money would be used for new playground equipment, and to replace the aging equipment already there.

Mary Bravo, a parent on the PTO says the money and the effort, will be worth it to the kids.
"The old equipment, part of it was removed and never replaced because of budgetary funding. And, the equipment there now is just old, and has splinters and things like that and it's just outdated."

The Carson City School District says this is now the norm.
Parents and community support make up a large chunk of the money for what they call "extras."

The superintendent tells us that playground equipment is more expensive than ever because of safety standards.
Without the parent-teacher organizations, she says, there is not a lot of left-over money for these items in the budget.
She says, just last December, the district had to dish out 20-thousand dollars to Seeliger to fix a leaking roof.

Schaefer says other teachers understand how much money they have to pitch in themselves.
"From stickers, to playground equipment, to special projects and field trips... that sort of thing, do not get paid for by the school district. The parents around the school need to step up to the plate for that."

The district has agreed to give the school about 15-thousand dollars towards a new playground, but that leaves the parents and teachers to raise the additional 15-thousand to get the planned project started this summer.
The group has 10-thousand dollars more to go.

The PTO is holding a golf tournament this Sunday at Empire Ranch
Golf Course, starting at 9 in the morning.
There is a $95 entry fee per golfer or you can sponsor a hole for $600 and receive four player entries, a hole marker, and distribute your business information.
All proceeds are tax deductible and will help provide a new playground for Seeliger Elementary School.

For registration information, you can call the school at 775-283-2200.