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1 year ago · by · 0 comments

Elementary Students Fundraising for Disability Friendly Playground Equipment

Students at Glen Lake Elementary School in Minnesota raised $300,000 for a new disability-friendly playground.  Some students in Betsy Julien’s fifth-grade class took note of the complete lack of playground equipment, such as a wheelchair merry-go-round or swings that kept students with disabilities from joining in on the fun of recess.

Students Wyatt Feucht and Rhys Riley believed that every student deserved the chance to have fun during recess, so they asked their teacher why the school couldn’t buy the equipment themselves. Ms Julien explained that it was expensive, with an estimated cost of $300,000.  The pair made a mission to raise money for a disability-inclusive playground. 

They began collecting spare change, held a bake sale, printed flyers, and went door-to-door to raise money.  They even reached out to local businesses and restaurants, asking them to donate a portion of their profits. The students’ hard work continued for several months, with support from the Glen Lake Parent Teacher Organization, until they finally reached their goal- raising the $300,000 needed.

Hall of Famer John Randle and current special teams ace Josh Metellus were on hand at Glen Lake Elementary School on Wednesday as part of a rally for students that are raising money for playground equipment to allow some of their classmates to better participate in some of the outdoor activities. The fundraiser originally had a goal of $300,000, but is now over $700,000 with the goal having moved all the way to $1,000,000.

Their teacher Betsy Julien said “My future as an adult is bright knowing that this generation of students, of changemakers, sees something that needs fixing, and they go for it headfirst.”  Now the class has set a new goal: to buy adaptive playground equipment for other schools in the district. Their fundraising efforts can be found at:


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