Lee School has a new inclusive playground for children of all abilities, thanks to a generous gift to the Springfield Public Schools Foundation from the Donnelly Family Trust.
The dedication ceremony for the new playground will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Lee School.
The inclusive playground gives students with disabilities the opportunity to access similar playground experiences as students without disabilities. This is an important part of the educational effort to develop socialization techniques and strategies. The surface of the playground is rubberized and will prevent possible injuries that might occur if a student falls, and it is weatherized and weather proof so that it can be accessed year-round. Helping students to look forward to outdoor, physical activity opportunities is one of the goals of our life skills program. Students with limited mobility or in wheelchairs can access the ramps and use the playground like everyone else.
The Donnelly Family Trust also donated funds to provide annual awards to teachers who work with students with disabilities. The trust was created by George and Victoria Donnelly to care for their only son Tim, who has a developmental disability. George and Victoria are both now deceased, but created provisions within the trust to allow for funds over and beyond what would be needed for Tim to be used to assist others with developmental disabilities.