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Sam Pawlak Community Playground

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The Sam Pawlak Community Playground will be built at Coolidge Park in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The playground will have wheelchair accessible and easy transfer equipment. It will also include a variety of sensory experiences for those children with intellectual impairment, autism and visual limitations. This playground will be built next to the existing, so that it can be an all inclusive playground;all children can play together and have fun. It will have a fence to keep all children safe from the parking lot. The idea for this playground was created by two special education employees of the Fitchburg Public Schools, Beth LeBlanc and Judy Jollimore. They realized there was not any specialized equipment in the public playgrounds in their community and decided to make a change! This is the reason it is being called. " community playground." The hope is that children from all surrounding communities and beyond will come and enjoy the playground and beautiful Coolidge Park. The Sam Pawlak Community Playground is being named after Sam Pawlak, an educator from Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He received his degree from Fitchburg State College. Sam was a teacher for many years at Natick High School and Nashoba Regional High School. He held that postion for a long time, changing the lives of many teens. After retirement, he volunteered at Oakmont Regional High working with special needs teenagers. He also volunteered at Boston children hospital in Boston, helping childern and families in need of care. Sam passed away in May 2015 after being diagnosed with ALS " Lou Gehrig disease " in 2013. He was a great family man, community leader , and educator. We are honoring him with this playground. Please help us make this dream a reality to honor Sam by making a donation.

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