The Roberts Elementary campus is more than a school playground – it’s a place where our community comes together, an expansive greenspace to enjoy year-round. In advance of a fundraising effort, the Roberts Re-SPARK Committee - consisting of parents, neighbors and Roberts staff - is asking the entire community around the school how this common space can help us all live, play and connect outside.
In the past 18 years, the school has used seed money from the City of Houston’s Spark Park program and two fundraisers to improve the grounds: playground structures and entryway mosaics in1990s; and later, a stage area, exercise equipment and the international garden.
This new “Re-Spark” will be beyond the scale of the prior efforts, likely to include replacing the aging play structures, making improvements to our increasingly popular track and playing field, as well as other projects. We will be working with HISD to address our drainage and mud issues.
On Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm, we will host a meeting in the Roberts Café where adults from the broader Roberts community can share their wishes for the site. Halcyon Reese-Learned — a PhD in Child Development who has made site visits to the school to see how kids use the grounds on weekdays and weekends — will lead the meeting. Since students have already filled out in-class surveys about what they want on the playground, the meeting is primarily for parents and other community members to discuss their wishes. Please spread the word and invite your neighbors.
Unable to make the meeting? Please share your thoughts with us at email@example.com
Our hopes for the park Re-SPARK are grand, and so will be our efforts to raise funds. Please keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks and think about how you can contribute.
SPARK Life Outside!