Children Help Make Playground More Inclusive for Fellow Students

Children Help Make Playground More Inclusive for Fellow Students

We can all do something to make the world a better place. We are all capable of helping someone in need to make their life a little better. A group of elementary students in the Midwest understood this and went to work to make a difference. 

There is little else elementary-aged children enjoy more than recess. However, despite this fact, some kids are just physically unable to participate and have fun with their fellow classmates on the jungle gym or on the merry-go-round. One fifth-grade class at Glen Lake Elementary School in Hopkins, Minnesota sought to change that, according to CBS News.

Many students with physical disabilities attend Glen Lake Elementary and are not able to take a turn on the swings or other playground equipment. So, a fifth-grade class set a goal of raising $300,000 for playground-accessible equipment.

One child explained to CBS what motivated him to help his fellow classmates. 

“They didn’t look happy, and recess is about having fun,” the child said

The ambitious and loving children did many things to help raise the money. They held a bake sale, brought in their spare change, went door-to-door and even cold-called businesses to solicit support, according to CBS News.

This process went on for several months. But in early January, all their hard work and determination finally paid off. They reached their goal!

Betsy Julien, the teacher of the class that raised the money, said through tears, the future is in good hands. 

“My future, as an adult, is bright knowing this generation of students, of changemakers, sees something that needs fixing and they go for it headfirst,” she said. 

Even though they hit their goal of $300,000, those students are not stopping. They are now working to raise the funds for other schools in their district to buy similar equipment. 

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with it shall be measured to you again.”

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