Rain couldn’t keep the spirits of Slingluff Elementary School students down as they celebrated their annual Spring Fling on Friday.
“I think it’s really cool because you get to go out and have fun and do things you don’t normally get to do,” 10-year-old Micaela Lowe said.
The event doubled as a fundraiser for the school’s initiative to build an inclusive playground. The inclusive playground will have equipment geared toward special needs students, allowing them to more fully participate in recess and physical education. Slingluff has a large population of special needs students, nearly one-third of its student body.
The school is short about $30,000 of the $160,000 it needs for the playground. Students donated about $10 each for Spring Fling events.
Program specialist Lee Jacobs said allowing the students to contribute to the project was an important lesson for them.
“It’s ownership,” she said. “When they take ownership, they’ll take pride in it and take care of it.”
Weeks said he liked that he and his fellow students were able to contribute to the playground.
“Special ed kids are equal to us,” 11-year-old Cody Weeks said. “I want them to have an area where they can play too.”
On Friday, students got to do arts and crafts, do Zumba, compete in class field day activities and enjoy snacks. Waterslides were originally scheduled for the event, but rain made using the slides unworkable. Students will get to use them at a later date.
Anita Godwin, a Slingluff parent, said she enjoyed being able to volunteer during the Spring Fling event.
“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “Kids need parents to be involved.”