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Racine, WI: $30,000 raised for special needs playground; 22% of kids have special needs

Jan 23, 2018, Racine (WI) Journal Times: $30K needed to make accessible playground a reality at Wadewitz http://journaltimes.com/news/local/education/k-needed-to-make-accessible-playground-a-reality-at-wadewitz/article_61f60ec6-4c9f-59ba-8aaa-e4784a2db486.html A team of six dedicated staff members at Wadewitz Elementary School have worked for the past two years to raise enough money to purchase and install playground equipment that’s accessible to all the school’s students. And after a $100,000 donation last fall, they say they’re so close they can taste it. … Wadewitz, 2700 Yout St., has a large population of students with orthopedic impairments, including many who use wheelchairs. Of its nearly 600 students, 22 percent have special needs — including autism, physical limitations and intellectual challenges. … “There’s some tactile things, too, for kids with sensory issues,” Johnson said. …