Saturday, November 8, 2014

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids!

And healthy kids need physical activity  

Our students need your help!  In August 2007, the Della Davidson Elementary School opened its doors to 475 4th and 5th graders from our community. Seven years later, Della now houses 680 3rd and 4th graders and our student population continues to grow. Our kids need a better playground. They need a playground they can be excited about spending their play time. The current equipment is not sufficient for the growing number of students in our school.  Our goal is to raise $30,000 by December 19, 2014 for the DDES Playground Project.

We need to expand and enhance our playground so our students can obtain the physical activity that is so important to their health and well-being. A study done by Georgia Health Sciences University showed the effects of physical activity on learning not only increased test scores, but also improved a student’s ability to concentrate and work for longer periods of time without interruption.  Additional benefits included significantly improved student attendance, and an impressive 67% drop in disciplinary problems.

We hope you will join us in supporting our students through the Della Davidson Elementary Playground Project.

Keep reading and follow our progress. We have exciting plans, but need your support to make it happen.

We know renovating a playground can be expensive and wanted to ensure we would be creating something the children would be excited about, so we asked the children what they would like. Some of the children's wish list items include:

  • Soccer Field
  • Swirling Slide, Tall Slide, 'Super' Slide
  • Better swings, Tire Swings
  • Monkey Bars
  • Playhouse
  • Balance beam
  • Shade (pavilion, trees)
  • Tether Ball
  • Four Square Grid
  • Track
  • Shade, Grass, Flowers
  • See Saw
  • Dodge ball court
  • Merry go-round
  • Stage
  • Equipment (Balls, Frisbees, etc)

One of the most requested additions was a soccer field and some type of pavilion for hot days. Della has a fair amount of space for expansion. 

We were surprised to hear that 8 and 9 year olds had requested 'grass and trees,' but we see why.  

Hard to see so many children not playing and being active during their recess period. Our students need to have access to age appropriate physical activity on a daily basis.

Please join us to make the Della playground an exciting and fun time for these children to play, socialize and exercise.  


Please use the Donate link above or credit card donations may be made via and use as the recipient email address (note “Playground Project” in memo).

Or checks may be mailed to:
Della Davidson PTO
c/o Fundraising Committee
209 Commonwealth Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655

Giving Levels are as follows:
  • Della Supporter      $10 to $99
  • Della Friend           $100 to $249
  • Della Patron           $250 to $499
  • Della Benefactor    $500 to $999
  • Della Dignitary      $1,000 or more
If you would like to make an in-kind donation, please email Wendy Carmean at

For more information on the DDES Playground Project, please contact one of our committee members. 

Fundraising Committee Chairs:
Lolita Gregory- 4th grade

Wendy Carmean- 3rd grade

PTO Officers:
Timeka Davis

Vice President
Adrian Shipman

Margie Grantham

Christine Rayburn

Donor Recognition

All donations will be recognized in various promotional materials including a plaque that will be placed inside Della Davidson Elementary School.


Please contact a member of the fundraising committee to have your check picked up or you may mail checks, with a completed donor form, payable to: Della Davidson PTO, referencing “Playground Fundraiser” in the memo, to:
Della Davidson PTO
c/o Fundraising Committee
209 Commonwealth Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655

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