2023 Fund-a-Need

Shake Your Shamrock by making a gift to the 2023 Fund-a-Need. The school play-pit is in need of updates. Your generous gift to Fund-a-Need will provide new, age-appropriate play structures, lush synthetic playground grass, and an engineered pad system for fall protection. The play-pit will also be expanded to include an octagonal gaga ball pit for friendly competition among all grade levels.

The school’s current play-pit, named in honor of Seattle Police Officer and St. John graduate, Jackson Lone, includes a nautical theme. Officer Lone was part of the Seattle Harbor Unit and died in the line of duty. A group of St. John parents from the class of 1980 came together to organize, fundraise, and construct the Jackson Lone Memorial Playground. The project was opened and dedicated in 2006.

It is time to carry on this tradition of service by replacing the aging turf and updating play structures. Full cost for removal, the addition of upgraded nautical play structures, the introduction of new synthetic grass, fall protection and a gaga ball pit call for a multi-year funding effort.

This year’s Fund-a-Need goal for the playground upgrade is $175,000. Total anticipated costs for the project will approach $300,000. Let’s start the process of giving our students new and safe modern play structures and a play field that will leave a legacy for future generations of St. John students while also honoring the service and legacy of Officer Jackson Lone.