Storyland has been in jeopardy of shutting its doors forever for some time now. It’s a place near and dear to many families in the Valley, and there has been an ongoing effort to save the park. Friday morning the park received a donation from an unlikely group.
It all started with a canceled trip to storyland. Eleven transitional kindergarten students from Thomas Elementary were sadden to learn that their trip was not only canceled but would likely never happen. the young kids decided to take action visiting every classroom at their school asking for donations to save the park.
One of the students, five year old, Jacquelyn Garcia says she simply asked and students gave generously.
The children’s campaign kept growing. They made a sign they hung in front of the school promoting their efforts. Little Jacquelyn took it upon herself to take her fundraising outside of school.
“My mom, and my sister, and then they gave me some and I said thank you”, she says of the people she asked for donations from.
Before the kids knew it, Thomas Elementary had collected a total of 15-hundred dollars. Just a few days ago a local church youth group also made a donation, bringing their total to 18-hundred dollars.
After the check was presented, the children were able to explore the park they never thought they would be able to visit. Jacqueline says she wants other kids to be able to do the same one day.
In order for Storyland to reopen 850-thousand dollars in repairs need to be made. An anonymous donor has given the park 200-thousand dollars under the condition the community matches his donation.