Hope D. Wall School Inclusive Playground
West Aurora School District 129
School: Hope D. Wall
Fundraising Goal: $375,000
About West Aurora School District 129: Fostering an environment of equity and opportunity for all students is the mission West Aurora School District 129. Our focus for the year announced by our superintendent, Dr. Jeff Craig, is #makeadifference which the staff does every day they greet our students and educate the children they serve. Hope D. Wall School. serves a large percentage of students with special needs.
The playground at Hope Wall School was built as a state-of-the-art structure more than 30 years ago. The normal wear and tear have taken their toll-metal parts have worn paint and rust, boards have warped or broken, sections that were once popular are no longer attractive to students. The surface of wooden mulch refreshed annually does not enable access to the play structure despite the ramp leading into it. The swing for a wheelchair at Hope D. Wall is far from the other swings which isolate children. While the school district has a certified playground installer working to make the playgrounds safe, accessibility and inclusiveness are structural and not within his role.
The Fox Valley Park District serves the city of Aurora, Illinois and has multiple outdoor playgrounds, however many of those playgrounds are not inclusive. Those playgrounds that are accessible may not have equipment that is easy to play with if you have motor difficulties. The best opportunity for children with special needs to experience active, outdoor play is at their neighborhood school.