Thank you to everyone near and far who helped make some big magic happen at The Bay School!
March 29, 2017
BENEFITING: Bay School
Our goal is to make The Bay School playground a more enjoyable, usable, and accessible place for our students to be year round by installing the poured-in-place safety surface often used at parks. We also hope to have garden beds and benches built to make it a more beautiful play space. We need to raise $31,000 now - by the middle of August 2016 - to make this dream come true for these very special students!
If you’re driving down Capitola Road in Santa Cruz, California, you just might have the chance to witness a little bit of magic happening at The Bay School. And if you look closely you’ll surely see some amazing things going on there… You might see a 15-year-old boy whose love for the swing is so deep that after years of using only single words to communicate, he will be inspired to speak his first spontaneous sentence, “I want swing.” When this boy swings his smile beams as brightly as the warm sun shining over head. And every so often, he closes his eyes because he enjoys the way it feels to turn off that sense-which is usually so over heightened for him- and experience the world in a different way. He is a bird flying and free.
Founded in 1999, The Bay School is a nonprofit organization providing students with autism and/or developmental disabilities ages 5 to 22 with comprehensive, scientifically-based educational and clinical services resulting in measurable and lasting improvements in the lives of the students and families it serves.
In 2013, The Bay School moved to its current location. Unfortunately, the roughly 2,000 square foot outdoor play area just couldn’t hold up to the foot traffic of our 50 students and 70 staff members who use it every day. The once sodded area is now hard packed dirt, which quickly becomes a huge mud puddle when it rains. Our students move throughout the school environment during the day, and the playground area is the most visited by far. This sad outdoor space needs some serious love, and we hope that you have some love to give us!
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Fred Rogers