Unique new playground opens

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. – It’s a project several years in the making.

Students, parents and staff at Halverson Elementary School  have been working to build a one-of-a-kind playground. Now, this dream is finally becoming a reality.

With every stride, there’s a purpose.

“Our kids have been spending some time over the last few weeks raising money, with the culminating activity today being going for a four mile walk,” said Halverson Elementary School Principal Nick Sofio.

With each step, students, parents and staff  are a little closer to their ultimate goal: A new handicap accessible playground at their school.

“To be able to know that our kids who are in wheelchairs, who have impairments, have the same opportunities as everyone else to go out and play on the playground, it’s just an awesome opportunity,” Sofio said.

“They always only had one little swing that she could go on, otherwise there wasn’t much. So we were thrilled when it came about that they wanted to plan this wonderful playground,” said Kim Seadlund.

Seadlund’s daughter Tara is disabled, and used to attend Halverson. Even though Tara doesn’t go to this school anymore, she’s still very much a part of this achievement.

“I feel that it was for kids like her who paved the way, so we have them for the kids coming up,” said Seadlund.

Kids like Lindsey Rognes who says she thinks the new playground is “awesome.”

In addition to the money raised from the walkathons, several businesses and organizations also donated money to the playground fund.

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