Slingluff Elementary Needs Help with Inclusive Playground

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN ,AL--They can participate in story time, play with toys and even use the Ipad, but when it comes to the playground, they're isolated.

"The children that are in wheel chairs they're not able to go out onto the playground, we do not have any equipment to accommodate them," said Slingluff Principal Teresa Davis.

About 33 percent of Slingluff Elementary's, student population, is special needs children.
Because of that school officials want to build an inclusive playground.

"These special needs children are included in the classroom academically. So they're able to socialize but they can't get out and play with the other children and they need to be out there with their non-disabled peers they should not be isolated," added Davis.

The playground will cost $110,000 to build. So far the school has raised $20,000.

"It's going to have different activities that you can push wheelchairs onto the whole thing will be wheelchair accessible," said Slingluff Special Education Teacher Tiffany White.

The students are also working to raise money.
Domenick Myles is a 5th grader who came up with a creative idea and raised $14.

"At my family reunion I opened up a lemonade stand to donate money to the new playground," explained Myles.

Right next to the playground there's several classrooms with windows where the special needs students sometimes have class all pointing towards the playground.

"It breaks your heart, you want them to be included, you want them to have the same opportunities that everybody else does and this playground will change that," said White.

A change they hope students can soon, enjoy.

If you'd like to help, you can drop your donations off to the school.


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