Three weeks ago, the town of Ottawa, Kansas, saw the opening of a new playground. But not just any playground; this one was unusual. It was the first time that Ottawa had built a playspace accessible to children with physical challenges.
They’d never come together to do anything quite like this, and weren’t sure exactly where to start. But KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, helped them with an online planner showing them how, step by step.
Third Grader Sonny Collected Change At Local Gas Stations
And plenty of residents helped too, including Sonny, who’s in third grade. He spent his summer collecting change at local gas stations to raise money for the new playground. He ended up surpassing his goal and collected $337 all in honor of his five-year-old brother who had died a few months before.
Everyone in Ottawa is excited! From KaBOOM!
Tara says the new playground is “a double excitement” for her family because her epileptic daughter can play there, and her wheelchair-bound mother can join the fun, too.
Kelley is excited too– her daughter has spina bifida, which renders most playground equipment out of reach. The new swings with protective bars are “almost like a rocket seat—she’s always wanted to go faster, and now she can safely.”
Fundraising For Playspace For Children With Physical Disabilities
The U.S. has quite a few playspaces designed for children with disabilities, but this might be the first one where a third grader has taken up fundraising and come up with $337!
Way to go, Sonny!
Photo Credit: BCI Burke Playgrounds