Recently, I was invited to accept an inclusive park donation from middle school aged students who held a fundraiser for this great project. I want to share with you our conversation.
Me: What is an inclusive playground?
Students: It was a playground for children with disabilities.
Me: That's part of it. What kind of things do you like to do?
Students: Soccer, kickball, hang out with friends, eat pizza, etc.
Me: Those are cool things to do. What do you think children with disabilities like?
Students: Have friends, people be kind to them, eat pizza. They like the same things we like.
Me: Exactly. This playground is specially designed for children with or without disabilities. It is for all children, all abilities, to play together. Just like you they need physical activity for growth and development. Just like you they need social interaction with other children. Just like you they have an imagination that needs to build castles and chase dragons. Just like you they need to touch the outdoors and process those feelings. Just like you.
By building an inclusive park in Johnson County we are showing that we believe that everyone has value and everyone deserves to participate in the play of childhood.
By funding this project, you are helping us to make a difference here in Johnson County.
You can make donations at:
Johnson County Board of Services
200 N Devasher Rd
Warrensburg, MO 64093
OR online at: watchusrise.org
Call Jamie Grohe (660) 747-2619 for more information on how you can help.