The words “golden ticket” often conjure up images of excited children, a colorful candy forest, and the antics of Gene Wilder per the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
At Sierra View Elementary School many hope to tap into the film’s sense of wonder with golden raffle tickets that, if enough are sold, will transform the school’s dilapidated, 20-year-old playground into a place much more magical.
“It’s not that the playground is unsafe,” Sierra View principal Chris Imperatrice said. “It’s just worn down. It’s perfectly safe, it’s just an old structure that really needs to be replaced.”
The playground — about the length of a football field — serves nearly 400 students and is in clear need of repairs; rotting wood is a regular sight, there’s a shortage of swings and slides, and many pieces of equipment, like a tire swing, are long gone...