Votes can help school get $100,000 for playground
Waupaca Learning Center is one of five finalists in the country for a $100,000 playground grant, and the votes of area residents will determine if the school is chosen for it.
Voting is underway at www.culturelle.com/ProjectPlayground for this grant from Culturelle Kids.
WLC is the only finalist from Wisconsin for the grant.
People may vote once a day through March 16, and the school with the most votes will be chosen the winner.
WLC wants to build a new play structure for the school’s special needs students.
Equal play for all is the school’s goal.
WLC is an elementary school that serves about 700 children.
The school is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students by having a place where together, students and staff “Wonder. Learn and Create.”
The school provides specialized programs to serve special needs students within Waupaca County.
WLC is a magnet facility for these children.
Ten percent of the students are special needs students.
The school’s staff works to ensure these students receive the same education as any other child in a classroom.
They see the playground as the last place to even the playing field.
If awarded the grant, WLC will use the funds to provide an accessible play structure for special needs children.
Although all students would be able to use the new play structure, ramps and poured in place rubber surfacing would allow special needs students to play like other child do.
While playing physically side by side with their peers, the students will see themselves as capable and equal to those they learn with in the classroom.
The school district and WLC’s parent teacher group (PTG) are behind this project.
To maximize the amount of money going directly to play equipment, the school district will remove the old play equipment, and WLC’s PTG will contribute an additional $30,000 to make it the most inclusive playground possible.