Jerome Students Plan For Adaptive Playground

Jerome Students Plan For Adaptive Playground

JEROME — Eighth-graders at Heritage Academy in Jerome want to leave a legacy at their school: an adaptive playground accessible to students who have disabilities.

So far, they’ve raised about $4,000 — mostly, by selling baked goods and crafts earlier this year at the Jerome Farmers Market. They hope to have the playground installed by the end of this school year.

It’s a particularly relevant project for the public charter school, with about 170 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

That’s because about 25 percent of its students have a disability. Plus, the playground will be used by community members, too.

Why are students interested in building a playground? “Because the little kids don’t have anything to play on,” said eighth-grader Callie Coelho, 13.

Eighth-graders put together three options for an adaptive playground. They haven’t made a final decision on which one to pursue, but costs start at $9,600.

Students began working on the project at the beginning of the school year.