Playground For All

$18,426 of $30k goal

Raised by 303 people in 7 months
Mike Barwegen
on behalf of Vicksburg Community Schools
 SCOTTS, MI
Hannah is a new kindergartner at Tobey Elementary in Vicksburg Michigan. Several of her classmates are working hard to get a playground she can play on. Hannah has a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia which affects her lower limbs. She requires leg braces and a walker to assist with walking. Through all of this Hannah has remained the sweetest, most compassionate 5 year old girl you will ever meet. She cares so much for others and her smile and spirit lights up every room she walks into.
          Hannah is having a life changing surgery in September 2016 called selective dorsal rhizotomy which has the chance to give her a significant increase in her quality of life and increase her mobility. The surgery requires at least a week long stay in St. Louis, plus follow up visits, and a couple years of intense physical therapy, possible orthopedic surgeries, and the need for many medical devices.
          When Hannah started school this year at Tobey the fifth graders noticed that she couldn't really play on any of the playground equipment.  This was a problem they wanted to solve.  They have identified a playground structure that is "all-inclusive".  Hannah will be able to play on this structure when she returns from her surgery.  The Tobey fifth graders have embarked on a fund raising campaign to raise the $20,000 for the structure. The fifth graders are hoping to have it purchased and installed when she returns in mid-November. The Tobey students are "Offering a Helping Hand" to one of their own by suprising Hannah on her first day back from surgery. Hannah wants so bad to be like the other children and the fifth graders want to give her this gift.
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Update 4
Posted by Michael Barwegen
4 months ago
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Barwegen
4 months ago
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Thanks to everyone that has donated so far. Hannah has returned to school and we have installed 1/3 of our accessible playground equipment. Our community donated time for the installation. Thanks to all that helped. Our 5th graders were recognized at the school board meeting for their efforts. They are a great group of kids looking out for one of their own. Thanks for donating.
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Update 2
Posted by Michael Barwegen
6 months ago
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Please continue to support our 5th graders efforts as we try to reach the goal. There were costs involved that were not anticipated by our fifth graders that will be incurred. They hope to complete this project in the next four weeks. Hannah, the inspiration behind the fundraiser was just re-admitted to the hospital following surgery. The entire school is sending her Get Well cards. Thank you for your wonderful support.
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Update 1
Posted by Michael Barwegen
7 months ago
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Rochelle Payter Stapleton
6 months ago

What an awesome & inspiring thing to see kids helping other kids! I'm so happy Hannah is being so graciously accepted at her new school. Mom & dad have sure done a great job raising her to be such a lovable, happy little girl!

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Candi Palmer Hall
6 months ago

What a wonderful act of kindness!

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Tiffany Corey
6 months ago

What a wonderful, kind act the Fifth graders at Tobey are doing for sweet Hannah. So excited for her and the community!

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Jennifer Binkley
6 months ago

Wow.. this made me cry and smile at the same time!

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Tammi Voight
6 months ago

Bless your hearts!!! Please post when/if you need help getting all of this awesome equipment set up! Would love to bring my adult kids and grandkids to help with this awesome gesture!

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$18,426 of $30k goal

Raised by 303 people in 7 months
Created September 28, 2016
Mike Barwegen  
on behalf of Vicksburg Community Schools
$40
Anonymous
5 months ago
DA
$50
Dana Apfelblat
5 months ago
JE
$100
Jean Eldred
5 months ago
$10
Doc and Sher Doxzon
5 months ago

Great job!

$100
Cathy Brockington
5 months ago

I have many fond memories of Tobey School and all the wonderful teachers, students and staff. Congratulations on such a wonderful project.

$10
Anonymous
5 months ago
TC
$50
Tiffany Corey
5 months ago
DC
$25
Dawn De la Cruz
6 months ago
1
1

I have not met Hannah but met her precious Mom once through my work. Her strength and her story touched my heart. What a beautiful act of love your school is participating in! May God abundantly reward all of your efforts.

KM
$20
Kylee Mullen
6 months ago
NL
$100
Nancy Leist
6 months ago
1
1

My donation is in honor of my grandson Conner who has spina biffida.

Rochelle Payter Stapleton
6 months ago

What an awesome & inspiring thing to see kids helping other kids! I'm so happy Hannah is being so graciously accepted at her new school. Mom & dad have sure done a great job raising her to be such a lovable, happy little girl!

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Candi Palmer Hall
6 months ago

What a wonderful act of kindness!

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Tiffany Corey
6 months ago

What a wonderful, kind act the Fifth graders at Tobey are doing for sweet Hannah. So excited for her and the community!

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Jennifer Binkley
6 months ago

Wow.. this made me cry and smile at the same time!

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Tammi Voight
6 months ago

Bless your hearts!!! Please post when/if you need help getting all of this awesome equipment set up! Would love to bring my adult kids and grandkids to help with this awesome gesture!

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