Eastport Elementary School PTA


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Phase II - Fence

A new black aluminum 4 foot fence was installed around the outdoor classroom on 5th Street and Chesapeake Ave. The chain link fencing around the two rain gardens near the playground have been replaced in January 2021 with black aluminum fencing. As of the end of February 2021, we are working to get city permitting to replace the 6 foot chain link perimeter fence around the playground and sport fields with a black aluminum fence.

In Fall of 2020, we removed the basketball court that overlapped our baseball field. A new and bigger court will be installed in ~ June 2021 (Phase IV) in a new location, where the old playground was located. Also, two soccer goals were purchased to create a soccer field.

Phase I - Playground - COMPLETED

Our new playground is OPEN! Thank you to everyone in our community that supported our fundraising campaign to make this a reality! This will be the completion of Phase I of our PlayEastport Implementation Plan (see below for more details on Phase II - V). We are still raising money for the addition phases.

For the full implementation plan of all PlayEastport Phases I- V please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

All contributions are tax deductible. Non-Profit ID: 52-1813113

Checks can be made out to "Eastport Elementary School PTA" and mailed to the address below:

Eastport Elementary PTA Attn: PlayEastport 420 5th St. Annapolis, MD 21403


Money Raised - $307,092.63 (as of May 12, 2021)

  • $60,000 from AACPS was received and applied to Phase I - Playground

  • $72,486.50 raised from Grants and applied to Phase I - Playground, Phase II - Soccer Goals, Phase III - Outdoor Classroom, Phase IV - Basketball Court & Phase V - Reseeding of Recreational Fields

  • $174,606.13 was raised from Private Donors and applied to all phases listed below.

    • NOTE: Funding for the new fencing in Phase II was provided fully from private donors.

Total Raised: $307,092.63

Fundraising Goal - $320,000

What Does Your Gift Mean?

$135 – Reseeding of 1,000 square feet of soccer or baseball field (need 18,750 square feet total)

$1,219.00 – 3 rows of bleachers. Seats 30 (need 2)

$1,127.99 – One Basketball Hoop (need 4)

The Eastport Elementary School (EES) PTA has created a committee of EES parents and community leaders to run PlayEastport, a Capital Campaign to improve the Community Green Space at Eastport Elementary, with a goal of raising $320,000 for a new playground and comprehensive green space restoration at the Elementary School. EES is a small and very diverse community school with approximately 80 percent of the student population coming from low-income families.

The EES PTA has already raised $303,500 (as of March 2021). Our goal is to complete our fundraising campaign of raising $320,000 in 2020. PlayEastport has a wide-ranging plan for raising the additional funds needed, in addition to fully funding their normal budget for academic support programs at the school. The PlayEastport Committee is coordinating its efforts with the Principal, staff at the school and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), as well as the entire Eastport Community. AACPS has budgeted for the replacement of one piece of playground equipment for $60,000 and to move our basketball court for approximately $20,000. However, AACPS is not able to fully fund the comprehensive improvement of the grounds. AACPS will be supporting PlayEastport committee as we further develop our plans.

As with any Capital Campaign, the support of the larger Eastport community will be crucial to our success and we look forward to working with the residents and businesses to succeed with this project.

Sponsorship Opportunities

"The Skipjack Society"

$25,000 for Basketball Court (1 donor on sign)

$20,000 for Baseball Field (1 donor on sign)

$15,000 for Soccer Field (1 donor on sign)

$10,000 per Living Green Stations (5 donors on 5 separate signs)

"Founding Sponsors"

$5,000 per planter or bench

$1,000 - $4,999 name recognition on a sign located near the playground or recreational fields.

NOTE: All Skipjack Society and Founding Sponsors will be listed on a sign located near the playground or recreational fields in addition to any other designated sign areas based on their sponsorship level.

"Community Sponsors"

$1 - $999 Community Plaque Recognition

Thank you for your support!

“The Eastport Civic Association (ECA) applauds Eastport Elementary School PTA’s efforts to create a safer, improved play space for students and the Eastport community to enjoy. The proposed renovations will greatly enhance the community.”

ECA President - Debra Dillon

“Our current playground equipment is outdated and unsafe for our children. We would like new and exciting equipment to make our playground a place where children will have safe, stimulating and healthy opportunities to play that they so need and deserve,” said EES Principal Susan Gallagher, “It will also be a wonderful addition to the community.”

Eastport Elementary School Principal - Susan Gallagher

Eastport Elementary is home to over 250 students from Pre-K through 5th grades, all of whom make ample use of the play structures and green space during recess, class breaks and before and after school. However, the play structures on the field are aged – some are over 30 years old – and the students need new, safe and engaging play structures. Additionally, the recent building renovation resulted in the basketball court being built on the first baseline of the baseball field, a safety issue that needs to be remedied.


Implementation Plan

Phase I: Spring 2020 - COMPLETED

  • New Playground Equipment

Phase II: Fall 2020 - Winter 2021

  • Add Soccer Field with Goals - COMPLETED

  • Remove existing basketball court - COMPLETED

  • Add new fencing for outdoor classroom on 5th & Chesapeake for enhanced student safety. Replace rain garden fencing. (Jan 2021) - COMPLETED

  • Replace existing 6 foot chain link fence (~March 2021)

Phase III: Spring 2021

  • Update Outdoor Classroom and create green stations to support Science Technology Engineering Art & Math (STEAM)

Phase IV: Summer 2021

  • Move Basketball Court. Full Size Court with standard size & junior hoops

Phase V: Fall 2021

  • Reseed & Improve Baseball Field

All contributions are tax deductible. Non-Profit ID: 52-1813113

Checks can be made out to "Eastport Elementary School PTA" and mailed to the address below:

Eastport Elementary PTA Attn: PlayEastport 420 5th St. Annapolis, MD 21403

Use the tag #playeastport

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Interested sponsors, volunteers, donors should email Neilye Garrity at playeastport@eespta.org