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Grant provides Liberty Elementary with new playground equipment

Thanks to a $40,500 grant from the State Department of Education, some very outdated playground equipment has been replaced at Liberty Elementary. The old equipment was not age-appropriate for preschoolers and had no accommodations for students with disabilities.
Franklin Special School District Special Populations Supervisor Beth Herren wrote the grant last year to provide a safe, secure and age appropriate play structure for children in both the preschool and prekindergarten students. As an added bonus, it offers a safe place for students with disabilities to play as well. The structure was installed this month and students are enjoying their time on it already.
“This new structure gives students a great place for special education preschool children to play with typically developing non-disabled peers,” Herren said. “We know from research that any time we can offer students with disabilities an opportunity to play with non-disabled peers, the language scores of the special needs students increase. Through this daily interaction, the students will develop greater independence, social interaction, language acquisition and development, and gross and fine motor skills,” Herren said.
This new play structure brings Liberty to the same level as all other FSSD elementary schools, providing a safe and fun place for students with and without disabilities to play and learn together.

Posted on: 10/14/2013


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