Last year, Ballard PTO representatives had a fantastic time with a Ninja Warrior fundraiser. They were, in fact, able to raise $23,315 for the elementary school playgrounds with their first annual Ninja Warrior Challenge.

PTO representatives thank everyone who participated in that success and helped to assure that the elementary playgrounds are full of fun elements for kids to use to perfect their ninja skills.

However, the PTO’s work is never done. Even though the awesome playgrounds are in use this school year, there are still some playground elements or equipment that the elementary schools can use, so this year they’re having the second annual Ninja Warrior Challenge, and a new challenge will be in the course this year. The new obstacle was designed by Seth Grundemeier, a Ballard parent.

WHO is involved in it?

Every student at Ballard East and West elementary schools will have the opportunity to participate in our updated Ninja Warrior Course.

WHAT are we raising?

Our fundraising goal for this year is $20,000. Can you help us reach it?

WHEN and WHERE will all this take place?

Ballard West students will face the course on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Ballard East students will get their chance to shine on Friday, Oct. 5.

WHY are we doing this?

This year, we’ll be cheering on our little Ninjas while raising money for hard-surface painting (such as hopscotch, dodge ball squares, footprints, a map of the U.S., etc.), outdoor recess toys, other outdoor play equipment (such as soccer goals or basketball hoops) and playground fencing.

HOW does the fundraising work?

You can donate by visiting: and registering your family and child(ren) for donations or by returning our donation form with your cash or check donation. The donation form will be or has already been sent home with your child this month. Checks can be written to “Ballard PTO.”

If you’d like to download and print a paper donation form to take to an office or event, please go to: Any paper forms (and funds collected) need to be returned to either of the elementary schools or the PTO by Monday, Oct. 8.