BUTLER — A brand new handicapped-accessible playground greeted Butler Elementary students as they started this school year, thanks to a colossal community effort that is especially amazing given these challenging economic times.
The signature piece is something called The Cruiser. It is a type of glider that is designed to accommodate pupils in wheelchairs along with their typical peers. The Butler cruiser is the first of its kind to be installed in Ohio and the second in the nation.
The other pieces of equipment for the playground were selected upon the advice of the occupational therapist and local experts on brain development to meet the sensory needs of all the students.
“Kids were so thrilled to be out there the first day of school,” said Principal Matt Caputo. “They were mobbing the whole playset. There were some people there who did a lot of work on the project and it made them very emotional to see how happy the kids were.”
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