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TPS Students Present at Bloomington City Council Meeting

In their hopes to create a more universally accessible playground at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (3rd street Park), students from the 6/7 class will be presenting during the City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30p. This presentation is a culmination of work they have done this year after researching, writing, applying for grants, meeting with local officials, partnering with agencies, and striving to increase disabilities awareness.

The Playground Project began in the fall when the class watched a couple of news stories and read articles about the borders, boundaries, and limits that people with disabilities sometimes encounter with amusement parks and playgrounds and how people who cared made a difference. Students began to consider the playground and park that we use for recess and saw that it is, in many ways, inaccessible. One student who uses a wheelchair shared that she takes a book to recess because there isn’t much at the park that is accessible to her. That statement hit the class hard and they immediately began to dream about tackling this problem.

This has been a BIG dream and a BIG project, but as one student said when they were told this would not be easy, “It’s not easy, but I don’t think that is what we are going for. We are going for what is RIGHT.”

The presentation to the City Council follows a Disabilities Awareness Fair that the class organized for the community earlier in the school year, attended by over two hundred of individuals and organizations. Click HERE to see a Facebook photo album for this event, held January 2019. The 6/7 class - and all of these associated activities - have been led by Lead Teacher, Cindy Stark.

Students would love to have community support on Wednesday at the City Council meeting at the Showers building. The meeting begins at 6:30p.