After an arson fire destroyed playground equipment at Oyama Elementary School on July 27, school staff and administrators were concerned that pre-K students wouldn't have a place to play at start of school. The TUSD Facilities team, led by Stuart Duncan, stepped in to ensure that wouldn't happen.
The team found an unused playground set, removed hazardous and fire-damaged material from the site, and installed the new set in time for the first day of school.
While this new play equipment serves the immediate need, it is temporary, designed to be used until funds have been collected for the permanent playground.
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Please contact Oyama if you would like to help. You can also contribute through the school's "Go Fund Me" page, which was set up explicitly to help fund the playground reconstruction, or by donating to the playground account at Pima Federal Credit Union. The credit union account name is "PTSA Oyama", and contributions should include a memo to "playground."
During the Governing Board Meeting on August 11, Superintendent H.T. Sánchez will recognize Oyama Principal Tammy Christopherson and the Facilities team which worked so hard to rebuild the playground: Howard "Red" Crawford, Manny Robles, Richard "Turbo" Holmquist, Melissa Schwartz, Sammy "Kool Aid" Granillo, Painter John Martinez, Ray Cashen, Tony Roman, supervisor and Chief Operations Officer, Stuart Duncan.