Play Matters

Springdale Public Schools – Play Matters Campaign

The Need:  Tax dollars only go so far to invest in capital improvements for the district. Often, funds are expended on the needs of our classrooms and materials. The district has identified 5 schools who need new play spaces that will serve the needs of the children ages 6 – 12 during school and provide a recreational outlet for area families outside of school hours.

Lee Elementary


Westwood Elementary


Jones Elementary


Parson Hills Elementary

Parson Hills

Elmdale Elementary



Play is the work of a child. Research shows that children are at their highest level of development, when at play. Play is dynamic, active – an integral part of children’s growth and development, allowing children to discover their full potential. Play is the foundation for learning, critical for healthy physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.   Children who are given the opportunity for “free play” during recess, are more likely to pay better attention, learn more while in the classroom and have less behavior outbursts.    In an overly scheduled and busy world that is dominated by media, our children need to play in safe spaces that challenge them as they grow.

Our hope is that our philanthropic community will join us on this endeavor to preserve play for our students.  We invite you to make a gift that would benefit tens of thousands of students every single day. A gift that will last for the next 20 years, promising to enrich childhood, promote active health, and teach imperative social skills that will carry with them as they become productive adults.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Play Friends – $1,000 – $4,999
  • Play Advocates: $5,000 – $9,999
  • Play Investors: $10,000 – $19,999 (gift includes logo on signage)
  • Play Champions: $20,000 and above (gift includes logo on the signage and participation in the ribbon cutting ceremonies)

Mail checks payable to Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation 800 E. Emma Ave., Suite 327 Springdale AR 72764 OR You can make your gift using our online giving with just a few clicks:


PayPal gifts:
Please add Play Matters name in the “Note” section as you process your Paypal gift.

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Please direct all inquiries and questions to:

Shawna Lyons, Ed.D.
Springdale Public Schools,
Grant Coordinator