Time has taken its toll on the playground at Vivian B. Adams School. Weather and the unrelenting sunshine has caused our swing sets to become tired and faded, our merry-go-rounds to longer go around and without shade our equipment has fallen into not only into disrepair but into disuse.
Our first step toward renovating and refurbishing our playground was made when the Vivian B. Adams School Board agreed to name this space the “Jay Adams Memorial Courtyard”. Transforming the former playground into a courtyard will make the space more inclusive and user friendly for our adult population.
Jay Adams was a long time student at VBAS; our school’s beginnings were due in part to his great-grandmother’s concern and Jay’s parents, Joe and Dot Adams served on our board.
The name change is just the beginning. Using a master playground plan we have tweaked the design to incorporate social areas for our adults. The Carroll High School Key Club made our first updates, using a $900.00 grant from The Youth Opportunity Fund from Key Club International. Several Key Club members donated a Saturday morning to paint existing play equipment and begin the process of weeding and replanting window boxes on the courtyard side of our school buildings. This group continued the upgrades by adding plastic sleeves to cover the swing chains, building a sandbox, and installing a handicapped swing purchased with their grant money.
Our greatest need is to add shade cloth to cover and shade our play equipment and our play pad. We have seeking the $16,000 needed for this project. We are also requesting grant funds for trees from Alabama Power’s Good Roots Grant Program. Enterprise Rotary Club awarded Adams School a grant to purchase and install two porch type swings. Over $4,000 was collected by the Enterprise High School Interact during their “Stuff the Bus” event , this money will be used for our courtyard transformation. Zaxby’s in Enterprise collected over $600.00 for our courtyard project.
In order to create our courtyard we plan to add porch type swings, benches with backs and arms, a picnic table and a half-court basketball court. Completing the project will be the addition of wide wheelchair friendly sidewalks, landscaping, bird feeders and fencing. The estimated cost of the Jay Adams Memorial Courtyard is $30,000. You can help us make this transformation. We need money, time, and labor!!
Your first chance to help will be Tuesday, April 26th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm at Zaxbys in Ozark. 10% of all sales during that time will be donated to the Adams School Courtyard Project.
Watch for more unique ways you can help as we use a variety of creative ways to raise our funds!