It is my great honor to be running the Falmouth Road Race on August 20th this year to help raise funds for the SAM PAWLAK COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND! The idea for the playground was created by two special education employees of Fitchburg Public Schools, Beth LeBlanc and Judy Jollimore. They realized there was not any specialized equipment for children with special needs in the public playgrounds in our local communities, and decided to make that change. The playground will be built at Coolidge Park in Fitchburg, MA. It will have wheelchair accessible and easy transfer equipment and will include a variety of sensory experiences for those children with intellectual impairment, autism, and visual limitations, and because it will be built next to the existing one, it will be an all inclusive playground so all children can play together and have fun! This great playground will bring joy to so many children and is being named in honor of a great man. Sam was a teacher for many years at Natick High School and Nashoba Regional High School before he became the Principal at Nashoba. After retirement, he volunteered at Oakmont Regional High School working with special needs teenagers. He also volunteered at Children's Hospital in Boston, helping children and families in need of care. Sadly, Sam passed away in May 2015 after being diagnosed with ALS in 2013. This playground will be a beautiful tribute to the life of service which he led. Thank you for your support!