Rotomolder and playground equipment maker Landscape Structures Inc. of Delano, Minn., is playing a part in the story of elementary school students raising more than $300,000 to build an accessible playground.
NPR's Jonaki Mehta writes that when a teacher at Glen Lake Elementary School in the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins won a grant to add a few pieces of accessible playground equipment, she urged fifth- and sixth- graders to get involved in raising the $35,000 in matching funds. Instead, the students decided all equipment should be available to everyone — a far more expensive project.
They hit that goal in a matter of weeks and now are shooting for $1 million to transform the playground. Landscape Structures, a supplier of both conventional and accessible playgrounds, hosted the students at its manufacturing site so they could see what their efforts will create.