Andy Batzer, Sandy Metwally and Rick Snyder


Project Playground – you did it and all we can say is GREAT JOB to the community for stepping-up with the money, sweat and labor to replace the playground equipment at Jacksonville Elementary School. (In late 2011, it was deemed unsafe by the school district and removed in early 2012.)

Thanks to Project Playground leader Sandy Metwally who organized the mammoth-sized volunteer team, Jacksonville’s kids have an awesome new playground that’s better than ever!

The $170,000 project was funded with $65,000 in grants and $105,000 in in-kind donations and from fundraisers including: $18,000 from school families, $5,000 from community members, $7,500 from the spaghetti feed, $1,500 from the Ray’s Market recycling program, $1,200 from Amy’s Kitchen pizza sales, $500 from popcorn sales, $250 from a penny drive and $10 from a handmade jewelry sale!

Taylor Williams and his son volunteer

Special thanks to Andy Batzer of Batzer Construction for volunteering to be the Head Contractor, to the Thai House Restaurant, Frau Kemmling Schoolhouse Brewhaus, Good Bean Coffee and Mustard Seed Restaurant for providing food and beverages, and to Niedermeyer Excavation, Thornton Engineering, Premier Tech Contracting, Pacific Survey Supply, Bigham Knoll Group LLC, Knife River, Willamette Graystone, Landers Cabinets and Airport Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac for corporate financial assistance and in-kind donations.

The complete list of installation volunteers:

Jacksonville and Medford Rotary

Andy Batzer, Head Contractor

Pat Barry

Sandy Metwally (left) coordinates volunteers

Anne Barry
Whitney Barry
Cynthia Scherr
Derek Reynolds
Tom Tangeman
Mark Tangeman
Nicole Tangeman
Linda Brown
Barbara Hurd

Monte Mendenhall
Wayne Thompson
Cliff Hosick
Erik Hodnett
Jeanne Stallman
Andy Stallman
Rob Stallman
Dick Neidermeyer

Monte Mendenhall and Adam Haynes help out

Jared Pulver
Roger Stokes
Dottie Palamara
Cauxby Brasseur

Jason Williams
Tom Rathorp
Alaya Metwally
Sarah Metwally
Allyson Fowler
Mike Smith

Jaci Jones
Henry Jones
Theo Jones
Joey Taylor
Sandy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor
Kelsey Taylor

Karic Roberge

Sienna Roberge

Andy Kranenburg

Amy Kranenburg

William Kranenburg

Christopher Kranenburg
Larry Butler
Taylor Williams
Rebecca Williams
Douglas Hecox
Kerri Hecox
Scott Sherbourne
Christin Sherbourne
Zachary Sherbourne
Isabella Sherbourne

Tom Espinosa
Noah Espinosa
Abigal Espinosa
Hannah Espinosa
Randy Guerrero

Vickie Murray
Shamus Murray
Delaney Murray
Claire Adams
Jan Houston
Irv Houston
Nic Houston
Jessica Houston

David Fairbanks
Cristie Fairbanks
Andrew Fairbanks
Alexandria Fairbanks
Brooke Fairbanks

Steven Kessler
Nathan Kessler
Adam Haynes
Jessicca Haynes
Eli Haynes
Carrie Robertson

Mark Brown
Sandy Brown
CJ Brown
Matt Hokanson
Jeff Bruce
Sharon Bruce
Levi Bruce
Nathan Bruce

Wayne Blackwell
Brandon Keller
Pat Grady
Mel Ashland
Karen King
Lindsay King
Spencer King

Chad Hutches
Sarah Gutches
Joe Taylor
Steven Grubb
Timothy Grubb
Henry Grubb
Stephanie Grubb

Julie Danielson
Adam Danielson
Stallman Family
Luis Gomez
Raul Inda
Klee Rose
Madelyn Rose
Mikylee Rose
Malory Rose
Rick Snyder
Mike Thornton
Stacy Branan
Anne McAlpin
Jacksonville Fire Department