The Make-A-Wish foundation is granting the wish of Brody Wesbrock, a 4-year-old from Merrill, Wisconsin – they are building an inclusive playground at Washington Elementary School, the school he will attend next year.
“This is the first wish that I’ve done where the family and the child has wished to share their wish with so many different people,” Make-A-Wish volunteer Julina Meaden told WSAW News.
The playground was installed by Landscape Structures, and was designed to accommodate children of all abilities. The news provider reports that the structure will include an accessible spring platform, a special swing set and other disability-friendly equipment.
“The equipment itself is set at such a height so that anyone can use it, whether they’re using a wheelchair or not,” Tom Grygo of Landscape Structures told the news source.
“It’s a plus for the school, it’s a plus for the district – and for the community,” he added. “It’s a legacy gift, it’s more than just a trip. I mean, it’s here for a long time.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 8 percent of American children ages 5 to 17 have some form of functional limitation.