Covering all my social media bases here. I’ve already been shotgunning my Twitter and Facebook accounts with requests to support The Soaring Schoolyard Eagles. We are a 12 person team of Irving parents who will running the Madison to Chicago Ragnar relay this June.

On June 10, 2011 a team of twelve Irving parents will run 197 miles in 36 hours to raise awareness and funding for the project. Follow our progress here on, via our Twitter feed (@SchoolyardEagle) or join us on Facebook ( Our fundraising goal for this effort is $5,000, which will be used to further the work of transforming the decades old expanse of blacktop at Irving into a green space for learning and recreation.

If you can to donate to the project, please visit and click the donate button.

Currently, there are two possible grant-funded projects on the horizon which the team is working to support. These are:

Wind Turbine
A roof-mounted wind anemometer– a device to measure the amount of wind at the roof level–will be installed to determine whether Irving could be a site for a wind turbine.

Solar Panel
A one-kilowatt solar panel installed at Irving would generate data on solar power and provide exciting learning opportunities for students.