Kewaunee schools raising money for all-inclusive playground


KEWAUNEE, Wis. (WBAY) – The Kewaunee School District is working to raise money for an all-inclusive playground.

The district needs to raise $200,000 for the project. Fundraising kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Bellin Health will donate $60,000 to get the project started, but the students have to earn the money.

Children will be asked to earn playground points at school. A fitness calendar with physical activities will be sent home monthly.

Students complete the activities and parents or guardians sign off on them so kids can earn points.

The new playground will be built in different phases. It will have something for students of all abilities.

“There’s a spinning area where students with autism will find very intriguing because it’s a spinning atmosphere. There’s a basketball station. Lots of different movement areas for the kids,” says Amber Binney, Physical Education Teacher at Kewaunee Elementary School.

Playground supervisor Jill Webster says, “My son walks with a walker. So as a playground supervisor, I see him kind of on the sidelines. So when we build this new all inclusive playground, he’ll be able to play with all of his friends. Play is very important.”

The fundraising drive to raise the rest of the money for the playground kicks off at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kewaunee Elementary School. Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott and cornerback Makinton Dorleant will be there.