Sherwood Center wrote -
Sherwood Center supports students in the Greater Kansas City area with autism spectrum disorder and related develomental disabilities. We recently moved into a new building that has larger classrooms, more space, is more centrally located - perfect in almost every way. But there is no playground.
A playground, specially designed to meet the unique needs of our students, is going to cost $167,000. We are still $40,000 short of our goal.
We have partnered with an organization called Carter’s Kids that was created by HGTV star Carter Oostherhouse. Carter’s Kids has designed our play space and will use their resources to order and purchase the equipment for us. Carter himself will come to Sherwood Center to supervise a group of our volunteers in assembling the playground.
We are $40,000 away from reaching our goal. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to be part of Build Day and work directly with Carter to complete our playground. A once in a lifetime opportunity!
Other facts to consider:
- Many of our students, over 85% of them coming from low-income families, aren’t allowed to play outside at home because their behaviors (including running away) can’t be trusted or there isn't a safe place to play in their neighborhood. School is one of the only chances they have.
- Without a playground, students use limited equipment in the gym or teachers can arrange for field trips to parks (where safety is an issue). Neither of these options is adequate, nor spontaneous. Not having opportunities to burn off energy results in more challenging behaviors in the classroom.
- Students are made to play and our kids are no exception. Fresh air, sunshine and safe equipment are neccessary for all students.