Reminder: Robertsville Middle School is in the process of building a community playground, and volunteers have scheduled a fundraiser on Friday, May 6, that will feature food and music.
This playground will be available for use by all students but also will be built to accommodate the needs of the special education students. The playground will also be available after school and on the weekends for families in the community of the school and families in Oak Ridge.
Robertsville serves more than 700 students in grades 5-8 and presently has no playgrounds available.
“This truly will be a community playground, not only by those who use it, but by how it will be paid for,” a press release said.
The school is partnering with individuals, private businesses, and local companies to raise the $20,000 to build the playground, the safety chips, border around playground, and benches, the release said. RMS donated $4,500 to get the project started, and so far, more than $8,000 has been raised.
To help with the project, on May 6, from 5-7 p.m., in the field area where the playground will be located at RMS, volunteers will be having a major fundraiser.
“We will be having a cookout and live music…The food will be donated and cooked by Chef Jeff DeAlejandro—former owner and chef of the Crown and Goose (voted top chef in Knoxville) and present owner of OliBea’s—a breakfast restaurant in the Old City,” the press release said. “He (DeAlejandro) plans to smoke a pig or two and have barbecue and other items on the menu. Jeff works with many farmers in the Oak Ridge area and will be using foods and ingredients from area farms. He has farm-to-table events at his restaurants which are very tasty. Along with the wonderful food that night will be live music.”
If interested in attending the picnic, please purchase tickets. All money from the tickets and event goes directly to the playground, the press release said. All of the food and the chef’s time is donated. So is the music.
Tickets are $15. That gets you an incredible meal and live music, and it helps the kids at the school, the press release said.
If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Amy Randolph or David Scott at Robertville Middle School, and they will have the tickets delivered. They hope to have a link online soon through OliBeas for people in the community who want to purchase them.
Visit here to make a donation.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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