Each year the Eagles work with the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Capital Programs, to select and improve outdoor spaces at a specific school, providing age-appropriate play areas and equipment. This year the school selected was Henry W. Lawton Elementary School, based on an updated Capital Programs selection criteria, which evaluate numerous factors, including the existing schoolyard, lack of facilities, and the socioeconomic conditions of the community and neighboring area. Drexel University assisted by including SDP school properties in their study as they collected data and established a ranking of schoolyard improvement needs. Lawton School (K-8) was among the list of schools ranked as High Priority.
The proposed site improvements at Lawton include play structures with rubber safety surfaces, an artificial turf playing field, and many colorful, vibrant murals. Mural Arts of Philadelphia designed the murals and work side-by-side with organized groups of Lawton students and staff, community members, Eagles staff, and Capital Programs staff.
The Eagles Playground project concluded with an Eagles Parade throughout the hallways of the school and an all-staff and student celebration. Even during an air quality crisis throughout the greater Philadelphia area, the students were able to have an indoor festival of CHAMPIONS!