Press Release: McDade Kids Will Soon Have a New Place to Play



Bastrop County Cares: Debbie Bresette | 512-922-9578 |

McDade ISD: Barbara Marchbanks | 512-272-2522 |

St. David’s Foundation: Kristy Ozmun | 512-413-2221 |

KaBOOM!: Tamara Grider | 202-464-6196 |

St. David’s Foundation and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Opportunities to Play in McDade, TX

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at McDade Elementary School

Volunteers from St. David’s Foundation, Bastrop County Cares, McDade ISD and the community will join KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to bringing safe places to play to kids all over North America, on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at McDade Elementary School. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in McDade, TX.

Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. Community partners chose the McDade Independent School District for the new playground based on a number of key factors. They discovered that there are no other open playgrounds within at least 15 miles of McDade, the area is rapidly growing with young active families, and the existing park area is a hub of activity for the community after school hours and on the weekends. This helped make the McDade campus a perfect location in this unique community for families to play, meet new friends, and gather to celebrate a healthy lifestyle. Through this playground project, Bastrop County Cares and McDade ISD will work with St. David’s Foundation and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.

In March, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide thousands of kids in McDade with a great, safe place to play for years to come.

This playground is part of a broader effort led by St. David’s Foundation and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. Through this partnership, KaBOOM! and St. David’s Foundation are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

WHEN: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick-off ceremony

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony

(Times approximate)

WHERE: McDade Elementary School

156 Marlin St, McDade, TX 78650

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers

Donna Snowden, County Commissioner

The Honorable Paul Pape, Bastrop County Judge


About McDade Independent School District

McDade Independent School District is the local 1A school district for a small, but growing rural community in Central Texas. The district is the top rated district in Bastrop County for the 2017-18 school year. McDade ISD cares greatly about community and hosts many events throughout the year to foster a positive community culture. McDade’s Board of Trustees believes the students and staff should dream big, because the path to the future begins here at McDade. McDade ISD prepares and guides our students to achieve success on their path to the future. Go Bulldogs!

About Bastrop County Cares

Bastrop County Cares is a county-wide partnership of public, private, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations, institutions, and individuals that collaboratively identifies and strengthens the social, health, educational, and economic opportunities in Bastrop County. We want to ensure that all individuals in Bastrop County can share in the social fabric of our community, access great educational programs, be economically stable, and to live healthy full lives in our wonderful community.

About St. David’s Foundation:

St. David’s Foundation is one of the largest health foundations in the United States, funding $70 million annually in a five-county area surrounding Austin, Texas. Through a unique partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, a Malcolm Baldrige award-winning hospital system in Central Texas, the foundation reinvests proceeds from the hospital system back into the community, with a goal of building the healthiest community in the world. St. David’s Foundation also operates the largest mobile dental program in the country that provides charity care, and runs the largest healthcare scholarship program in Texas. Learn more about St. David’s Foundation at

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engage over 1.5 million volunteers and serve nearly 10 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit and join the conversation at, and #playmatters #PLAYceforKids

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