Ambassador Academy, a K-5 charter school moved to its new location in July 2010, offering a larger space to its diverse student body.

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For the past six months, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Ambassador Academy has been formulating different fundraisers in efforts to build a new playground facility at the school.

According to Krista Bailey, PTO president, some reasons for raising funds for the playground are because the majority of students who attend the school are in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We just wanted to give the kids a place where they can play and have fun during recess,” Bailey said.

The playground also is a way to promote more exercise activity.

During August of last year, PTO members made it a goal to meet for the building of the playground, which currently stands at $5,000. Currently, they have raised half of their goal by having three different fundraisers.

The first fundraiser was at Chick-fil-A with a Spirit Night, where 20 percent of the night’s earnings that superseded $1,000 went to the playground project, where the school was able to raise around $300.

The second fundraiser, Believe, was the most profitable where students of Ambassador Academy went out in the community to sell different holiday items through magazine brochures.

“That was our biggest one… we made around $1,300 off of that one,” Bailey said.

PTO members also hosted a silent auction that went on to raise $900 for families at the school who received many gift certificate donations from Ahwatukee local businesses such as The Original Burrito Company, My Wine Cellar and Keegan’s Grill.

“I was really surprised on how much we raised, and it really helped because so many people from the community donated. We had so many restaurants donate certificates… I thought it was really cool that they came together to help out the school,” Bailey said.

For now, Bailey and her PTO members will be devising different fundraising opportunities to hit their goal mark, and will meet during the week to discuss plans.

Individuals interested in donating towards the Ambassador Academy Playground Project can email

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