YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Students, teachers and administration from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Yorktown celebrated the unveiling of a new inclusive playground on Friday, Oct. 17.
An inclusive playground is one that invites and welcomes everyone, including children and parents with sensory processing disorder, autism and people of all ages in wheelchairs, not just the children.
The playground was made possible by $60,000 in state funding obtained by State Sen. Greg Ball.
“I was honored to help Thomas Jefferson Elementary School secure the funding to make this inclusive playground possible. It is inspiring to know that this playground was designed and built to suit the needs of all students, including those with sensory disorders, autism and students confined to a wheelchair,” Ball said in a statement. “Furthermore, this playground will keep students active and help combat obesity. Childhood obesity is an epidemic that we are just beginning to grapple with the reality and consequences. Physical conditioning is a critical component of a broader education and these early building blocks set the stage for future health.”
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