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Sunnyvale School Districtwide coin drive benefits Magical Bridge Playground


Sunnyvale School District students will be holding coin drives beginning this week and throughout the holiday season to help raise money to build the city’s first inclusive playground for people with all abilities.

The playground will be located at Fair Oaks Park with construction tentatively slated to begin in the fall of 2018. The city of Sunnyvale has invested $1.8 million to help build the park, but an additional $2.4 million is still needed for construction.

Each classroom will have a jar and will collect coins and dollars throughout a two-week period. Each school will celebrate the grade that raises the most amount of money with a pizza party. Magical Bridge will pick up and process the donations and will apply the funds to the playground project.

The first schools participating in the drive are Ellis and San Miguel. Both are raising money from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8. Bishop, Cherry Chase and Columbia Middle will begin collecting on Dec. 4 and end on Dec. 15. Cumberland, Fairwood, Lakewood, Vargas, and Sunnyvale Middle are scheduled to have their coin drives in the New Year.

SSD is eager to help contribute to bringing such a mindfully designed play space that addresses the unique needs of the entire community to Sunnyvale! Magical Bridge Playgrounds are designed to address the complex needs of the entire population living with disabilities, from the physical to the cognitive.

To donate to a particular school or to track your school’s progress you can visit its unique fundraising page. Visit and plug in your school’s name after the backslash. For example: Or contact your school for more information.

For information about the Sunnyvale Magical Bridge please contact Deborah Getz, Director of Community Engagement, at 415-725-1596 or or visit

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