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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Imagine a Place...

Where children of all abilities and disabilities, can play together. A place where there is no judgments, no fears, and children are free to be children, side by side, regardless of their handicaps or limitations. A child in a wheel chair can climb a tower, swing, or play in a sand box alongside their friends. Children with downs can participate in activities they normally would stand on the sidelines for. Youngsters who are blind, autistic, those with physical disabilities, all in one place. In Port Washington WI, and in many cities in the U.S. and beyond, there are such a playgrounds. And soon, there will be one here. In our community, built by its citizens, with money earned through fund raising and donations, grants and sponsors. I'm in the process of working with Leather Associates in New York, to bring this amazing project here. Putting together a steering committee is in the works right now. Soon there will be a community informational meeting to gather interest, volunteers, and committee members. This will be a lengthy process, about a year from inception to build week. Design Day will be in November, where an associate from Leathers will be here to get input from adults, and children on what they see in a playground, as they will help design it. To know that all children from all backgrounds and abilities will be able to play together will make this venture all worth while.
I ask your prayers during this project, that the right people come forth for the committee, and that God guide us in our work for this great project!
If you'd like to see more on this project, visit Leather Associates.

9 comments:

Jayne said...

What a wonderful thing Laurie! I hope you'll post updates on the progress and when they have the grand opening!

Catherine said...

Sounds like a beautiful project!

Happy Tuesday!
xo Catherine

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing, Laurie. Blessings, Diane

Kim said...

What a great project! And a huge undertaking. I'd love to hear about the progress as you go.

Keri said...

This is a fabulous piece Laurie. Inspirational to say the least. I'm going to see what your new blog is all about. Love that you have so much to tell the world. Your fabulous. Keri

Kathy Hunter said...

Your blog is a good tool for spreading the message of inclusion. I'm proud of you for taking the initiative to get this rolling. Love, Kathy

andsewon said...

You go Sweet Laurie!! You are an angel here on earth for all living things 'great and small'!
Hugs,
Lola

Melinda Cornish said...

this is awesome!

Lois said...

Congratulations Laurie!
What a wonderful project to be involved in.
Good Luck with it!
Lois