The official “March into Play” campaign for a Petey’s Projects playground at Hickory Creek Elementary is under way.
Zach Sutton and special education teacher Stephanie Davis addressed Noon Rotary Club members Thursday thanking them for their contribution to the project which will allow children with special needs to play on the area’s first inclusive playground.
“In the fall, this club granted me the honor to share with you a vision for the community’s first inclusive playground,” said Sutton. “Since that meeting, over $100,000 in grant requests have been submitted. Numerous individuals, businesses and organizations have already approached the project with pledges totaling over $25,000.”
Warren County has 593 children with special needs, according to Sutton.
Sutton showed Rotary members plans that have been drawn for the playground, to be built at Hickory Creek Elementary, which will include non-mulch surfaces, ramps for wheelchairs and walkers, and motion and tactile equipment that will be fun for all children, but has been specially designed for children with autism and sensory disorders.
The pictures of the architectural design and pictures of the specific equipment needs can be found at www.allkidsplaywarrencounty.com. The same website also provides donation information. Any amount donated is tax-deductible and is greatly appreciated.
Davis read a poem she had written titled “Petey’s Pond Poem.” The poem is a story of how three best friends went to school together, “But together, they couldn’t always play. While the two sat in dirt, Unable to run and climb. Their friend would play in the tower, Leaving them behind,” she said. The poem ends with Petey coming to the school and building a playground, called Petey’s Pond, where all three friends could play together.
Sponsorship levels for Petey’s Pond Playground are:
• Knight: $1 - $100
• Bishop: $101 - $500
• Rook: $501 - $2,500
• Queen: $2,501 - $10,000
• King: $10,001 - $100,000
Sutton said a ground-breaking date will be announced after the campaign ends in April.