Recess time is now a pleasant experience for students in wheelchairs. Faculty and staff at Park Elementary celebrated their new addition of having two wheelchair-accessible swings.
“It’s been a long time coming and we haven’t had wheelchair swings since I first began working here since 25 years ago we had some and they broke,” said Amy Rexrode, 4th-grade teacher.
A check of $7,400 was generously made from the Cascade Hills Church through their LoveWorks campaign. When church members heard the school needed a playground set accommodating students in wheelchairs, they quickly dove into action.
“We believe that we are supposed to love God and love others so it’s a way we can show the love of God to other people and if we can meet the need, we are all about it,” said Brent Purvis, Cascade Hills Church Pastor.
Joy and laughter were all seen on the kid’s faces. The idea of having a wheelchair swing came from five former students who wanted to make a difference.
“It made me feel bad and whenever we gave them the swings, Mrs. Rexrode said we can make a video to help them,” said Nick Barrentine, 5th grader.
“My baby sister she never got to swing because she was in a wheelchair and she was above the playground,” said Hazelea Vasquez, 5th grader.
The swing sets are a blessing in disguise, giving a sense of freedom and independence to the students.
“They are special for a reason, God made them for that reason so they should be able to play with everyone else even though they have a really special purpose,” said Kaden Cargile, 5th grader.