16 07, 2017


By |2017-10-16T17:56:26-06:00July 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s the middle of summer. Utility bills are higher, chaos is a little crazier, kid’s are “bored”, there’s “nothing” to eat, and then there is the unexpected car repairs, new AC Unit, agghhhhh……
Break away for an hour or two for lunch and join us this Friday and be encouraged through those summertime blues-you never know that your story might encourage someone else too! Whatever walk of life you are in-you have something to offer the conversation.  We will meet at The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place from 12-1:30. LUNCH IS PROVIDED FREE!

16 10, 2017

All Things New

By |2017-10-16T16:47:05-06:00October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New new new!  Plenty of things are new at The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place.  We are excited about the new school year complete with a van to pick teens up after school for Hutto and Farley Middle Schools (see the transportation hub for waiver and to schedule pickup)!  We have mailed our first quarterly newsletter to our donor list (and will have it posted on this site as well).  AND you are looking at a NEW WEBSITE!  Thanks to David Dolley of CygnusTech Industries we have this wonderful looking and easier to navigate website to better keep our teens, parents, and donors informed.

Also new this year is the expansion of our scholarship program to more high schools in the area, the continued growth of our Hippo Wrestling Club, our new sand volleyball court, and more new sports equipment coming.  Our teen committee is in the midst of morphing into a sub-club of the Hutto High School Leo’s as an “internal community service” group – teens helping teens.  Something we love to see.


2 02, 2018

Prom Extravaganza 2018

By |2018-02-02T10:11:57-06:00February 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s back. Prom season is quickly approaching and that means: dresses, nail appointments, limos, hair appointments, tuxedos, prom tickets, dates…oh my! Oh and one more thing, money to buy it all! WOW!

At the Sandbox we recognize the internal struggle of desperately wanting to attend such memorable events, but the agony of knowing “it’s really expensive”. This is where Prom Extravaganza comes in.  For the third year in a row, we will be able to support juniors and seniors attend prom that might otherwise not be able to afford it. On February 25th from 3-6pm we will be open to Hutto High School juniors and seniors to shop for dresses, accessories and shoes, pick up gift certificates for hair, nails and tuxedos.  After this date, we will be open to any junior or senior from area high schools that would like to attend their prom and need a dress.

We would be so grateful for your help in making this year’s prom a reality for students who otherwise could not afford it.  We are accepting dresses, shoes, accessories and cash to help cover the costs associated with prom.  If you know of a local hair dresser or nail artist that might consider donating a few gift certificates, that would be great too!  We have a gofundme set up where you can give a financial contribution.



24 02, 2019

2019 Prom Extravaganza

By |2019-02-24T10:02:00-06:00February 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hosted By The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place and Hutto High School.

Join us on March 3, 2019 for our annual Prom Extravaganza!  We will have prom dresses/evening gowns, shoes and accessories, certificates for hair and nails, and tuxedos.

Snacks and drinks will be provided and we will have a drawing for prom tickets.

For more information contact Billie Logiudice at blogiudice1121@gmail.com

27 02, 2019

Amplify Austin

By |2019-03-06T08:37:29-06:00February 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amplify Austin Day is our community’s annual day of giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past six years, Amplify Austin has raised over $45M for hundreds of local organizations. Together we raised $10.3M for 700 Central Texas nonprofits in 2018.

And this year the Sandbox at Madeline’s Place is a participant.  You can click on the Donate button on our home page to help us help our local teens.  The event runs from Feb 28 at 6pm until Mar 1 at 6pm.

We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Thank you


2 03, 2019

Amplify Austin a Success!

By |2019-03-06T08:36:51-06:00March 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who participated in our first Amplify Austin event!  Thanks to our board members for getting the word out!

With the results of this fundraiser, we have 12 weeks of food covered for our teens!  Our Grades &
Grub after school program includes a free dinner to middle schoolers on Tuesdays, and to high schoolers on Thursdays.  As you know how important food is to growing teens!

We are so grateful.

26 03, 2019


By |2019-03-26T17:48:02-06:00March 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


On Saturday, March 30 from 3pm -11pm, the new Panda Express in Hutto will donate 50% if you bring this form or show it on your phone!  So don’t cook this Saturday – treat yourself to Panda and help us raise money to feed our hungry teens!


1 04, 2019

Correlation between recreation, grades, & mental health

By |2019-04-01T08:43:52-06:00April 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Correlation Between Recreation, Grades, and Mental Health

The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place works in conjunction with the Hippo Wrestling Club to promote self-confidence, a strong work ethic, team-building, and coping skills for children and adolescents in the Hutto area. The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place and Hippo Wrestling Club utilize two sports, volleyball and wrestling, in order to improve young people’s lives, teach them coping skills, and offer a safe place for physical activity.

Research demonstrates that children and adolescents who are physically active perform better academically, are less likely to manifest unhealthy behavior like drug use, and are substantially less likely to engage in illegal activity. It is important to establish positive activities and behavior during a child’s formative years, while the mind is growing and habits are being formed. The mission of The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place is to empower teenagers to navigate adolescence safely, happily, and with a healthy sense of self. We envision carrying out this mission through recreational activities, relationship building, and mentoring.


The nonprofit children’s advocacy group, School Specialty, claims: “Exercise directly impacts the behavior and development of the brain. ‘It is likely that the effects of physical activity on cognition would be particularly important in the highly plastic developing brains of youth’, according to a 2010 essay penned by Charles Basch of Columbia University.”1 In addition, “Physical activity has benefits beyond improved grades, too… current research connects physical activity to absenteeism, drop-out rates, and social connectedness. Drop-out rates were lower for youth who consistently participated in interscholastic sports…”2 Furthermore, a case study found in the Journal of School Health reveals, “Exploring the relationship between sports participation and health, a study of suburban high school students found that sports participation was associated with fewer mental health and general health problems.”3 Finally, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website claims: “Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions.”4 Specifically, the CDC finds a definite correlation between poor grades and suicidal ideation: “Students with higher grades are less likely to feel sad or hopeless nearly every day for at least 2 weeks in a row; (less likely to) seriously consider attempting suicide; (less likely to) make a plan about how they might attempt suicide; (less likely to) attempt suicide.”5

The partnership between The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place and the Hippo Wrestling Club provides extracurricular opportunities for adolescents who possibly cannot afford or do not feel comfortable with school-based sporting programs. Our research indicates that athletic activities garner better grades, a greater sense of well-being, and a reduction in suicidal behavior.


1School Specialty, “How Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance?” https://blog.schoolspecialty.com/physical-activity-affect-academic-performance (July 20, 2017).

2School Specialty, “How Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance?” https://blog.schoolspecialty.com/physical-activity-affect-academic-performance (July 20, 2017).

3Harrison, Patricia A. & Narayan, Gopalakrishnan, Journal of School Health, “Difference in Behavior, Psychological Factors, and Environment Factors Associated with Participation in School Sports other Other Activities in Adolescence,” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1746-1561.2003.tb03585.x?purchase_referrer=scholar.google.com&tracking_action=preview_click&r3_referer=wol&show_checkout=1, (March 2003, Vol. 73, No. 3) 113.

4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance,”


5Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Making the Connection: Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors and Academic Grades,” https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/DASHfactsheetSuicidal.pdf

3 04, 2019

Summer Volleyball Clinics

By |2019-05-08T08:59:27-06:00April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This summer we will be hosting a 4 week clinic series for incoming 7th and 8th grade Hutto ISD girls.  the dates will be Mondays:  May 20, June 3, 10, and 17. Starting at 6pm and going to 8pm, there will be an hour of instruction on game basics and position skills followed by an hour of scrimmage time to practice what was learned!  $120 includes the 4 clinics, a clinic T shirt, and a cookout/sand volleyball tournament on June 24 at the Sandbox.  Go to:  https://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=600927 to register.  Late registration continues until May 17 with no late fee, however a T shirt will not be guaranteed.

8 05, 2019

Sandbox “Spirit Night” at Hutto DQ!

By |2019-05-08T09:07:28-06:00May 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tonight!!! May 8 from 5-8pm if you mention “Sandbox Spirit Night” at the Hutto DQ, they will donate 20% of your order to us!  These funds will go into our budget for feeding our middle and high schoolers free dinner at our Grades & Grub evenings!  Thanks for your support! (sorry about the sideways pic – it won’t straighten on the website!)  🙂