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Record Number: 7916
Displayed from: Sep 22, 2011 , until: Nov 22, 2011
Holland Elementary School unveiled its Theraplay Center today, providing a playground structure to meet the needs of the school's physically handicapped students. The equipment offers students an opportunity to play outdoors while assisting with their physical and social needs. Holland raised $120,000 for the structure, kicking off fundraising in the spring of 2010. With the help of a few major gifts, including $25,000 from Janett Lowes, the great-aunt of a Holland student, $25,000 from Anthony Wayne Services and $50,000 from Sodexo, the school was able to build the structure a year earlier than originally anticipated. The school also hosted in-school fundraisers to allow students and families to assist in reaching the goal. Students enrolled in Anthis Career Center's Construction Trades Program assisted in the construction of the equipment by pouring the concrete needed for the area over the summer. "This equipment serves a critical need for our students," Holland Principal Mike Caywood said. "All of our students are now able to go outside and play on appropriately designed and safe equipment. We appreciate the generosity of all who contributed to making this dream a reality. We know this structure will not only benefit our students but others in the community looking for a handicap-accessible playground."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.