Hockinson School District has been awarded approximately $100,000 in Equal Access Grant funds from the state to construct a new ADA-approved playground at Hockinson Heights Elementary School.
Once complete this summer, the new playground will provide a play option that’s accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.
“The existing playground at HHES has some very real barriers for our disabled students, like gravel grounds and limited access to ramps,” said HSD Superintendent Steve Marshall. “Thanks to this generous grant, we’ll be able to install a new structure so that all of our students can engage in play together, no matter their physical limitations or abilities.”
The ADA-approved playground features multiple slides, activity panels, ramp access from the sidewalk and much more.
“When I first found out the district had been awarded this grant, I was over the moon excited for our students,” said Keila Dean, HSD Director of Special Education. “Second, I was thankful for all the people that had a hand in applying for this grant. I appreciate how people within the district, inside and outside our Special Education program, pulled together to make sure we had all of the information needed for this grant to be approved! Our district team is always looking for ways to create a more inclusive environment for all of our students.”
Hockinson School District’s award represents nearly 10 percent of all Equal Access Grant funds available across the state.
"It feels good knowing that this state-funded project will not only benefit our kids, but will help ease the financial burden on the local community as well," said Michelle Scott, HSD Director of Business Services. "As a relatively small district, it's critical that we continuously look for grant programs that support our mission, values and commitment to students."