Tyler,TX — ARP elementary is not giving up on building a playground for its children.
After coming in third place in a nationwide contest, ARP elementary is hopeful they can make this happen.
"Our PTO ladies got together and decided if there is a will there is a way. We're going to try and help out our district so we don't have to take away from education," said PTO president Patricia Parnell.
ARP elementary entered into the Clorox Power A Bright Future contest among 2500 other applicants.
The grand prize winner received $50,000 and second place won $25,000.
The school was very popular and received many votes from fans across the country and even votes from people in Europe.
ARP jumped from number 59 in the play category to number three, but unfortunately lost by just a hair.
"We gained a lot of ground and a lot of publicity and a lot of help getting to where we were. We were happy, but then we were sad to that we didn't actually become the finalist for the final amount of money," said Parnell.
The old playground was replaced by a new gymnasium and funds ran dry to build a new one.
The 2nd-5th grade school started fundraising last year first by collecting change during a spirit assembly.
The school collected two thousand dollars for their playground fund.
The school then decided to start teaming up with restaurants.
ARP is teaming up with Mooyah burger at the end of the month.
Owner of Mooyah Burger,Scott Isabelle, tells KETK the business is excited to help raise money for the kids to have a new playground.
Isabelle said Mooyah Burger hosts a number of successful fundraisers and believe this one with ARP will be a hit as well.
"We've done it for different organizations throughout Tyler throughout the year and they have been very successful," said Isabelle.
A portion of the proceeds made during the fundraiser will go towards the $50,000 budget for the playground.