Leadership Ashland Class Project

It takes a collaborative effort to turn dreaming a reality. With the help of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Ashland we know we can accomplish our mission! Together, we are working diligently to raise the resources required to improve and enhance this much needed outdoor play  area.

Leadership Ashland Class Project 2021

Leadership Ashland Class of 2021 seeks to raise $20,622 for Accessible Playground Improvements at Dale-Roy School

ASHLAND- Leadership Ashland Class of 2021 seeks to raise $20,622 to support the cost of materials and installation of a Wheelchair-Accessible Swing and Playground Improvements at Dale-Roy School for students with various abilities. Dale-Roy School serves to educate students with special needs from ages 5-21 with a customized curriculum to meet each individual's needs and abilities. While some students may rely on a wheelchair for mobility, others are very mobile and active. Some are non-verbal and others do communicate verbally. As the students have a wide range of needs, the school is in need of playground equipment to accommodate that range.

Shannon Lange, Director of Education at Dale-Roy School said, “We always have some students in wheelchairs and currently on our playground, we have limited things they can engage in. One thing our students really benefit from is sensory activities, things that get them moving. The opportunity for a student in a wheelchair to be able to get that movement, just like any other student would be able to on a swing, would be awesome for our students.”

A specially selected area of the playground will be designed to offer individuals who are wheelchair-bound a welcoming, inclusive space to reduce stress and anxiety while serving as an opportunity to engage in physical activity. In addition to the installation of a safe, accessible swing, the project also includes paving and the construction of an 18x30 shaded pavilion with two wheelchair accessible picnic tables to accommodate classes of up to 8 students and 4-6 adults. The pavilion area will bring students and teachers together to relax, engage in outdoor lessons and art projects, and promote social interaction.

Lange explained, “It really benefits our students to be able to have different spaces to be able to learn in. We have a small building, and I think especially during COVID we have come to really value being outdoors and being able to do things outdoors, but we don’t have a good space right now for our students to safely be outdoors, with shade, to do things like lessons or art or social activities. It will be really nice to have a space outdoors where we know the students can be safe, be under shade and do various activities. Some of our students when they come outdoors they just want to be able to sit and rest while the other students are playing. Right now we just don’t have a good spot for them to safely sit in the shade.”

Leadership Ashland class members will be volunteering their time to assist with the building and installation of the project in order to reduce the overall cost. However, the class is still in need of funds and/or in-kind services to successfully complete this essential project that will bring enhanced accessibility, stress-reduction, physical activity, and social interaction to students, faculty, or guests at Dale-Roy school.

Bruce Kramer, Community Liaison at Dale-Roy School stated, “I know it takes a lot of effort to put a project like this together, and we really appreciate the work the Leadership Ashland group has done. This is probably not something we on our own would have initiated and gotten done.”

Rotary Club of Ashland a 501(c)(3) organization, has generously agreed to take on the responsibility as fiscal agent which allows all donations to be tax deductible. If you are interested in donating towards this project, monetary donation checks may be made out to Ashland Rotary Service Foundation c/o Rotary Club of Ashland, PO Box 630, Ashland, OH 44805 with “Leadership Ashland Class Project” in the memo line. To offer in-kind services or materials or for more information visit, http://www.ashlandrotary.net and click on “Leadership Ashland Class Project”.

Contact: Courtney McNaull at courtney@ashlandforgood.org or 330-612-8972.