By J.D. O’Gara
On Saturday, May 14th, a Touch-a-Truck event was held at Bellingham Memorial Middle School to kick-off a series of fundraisers aimed at building a fully inclusive playground at Stallbrook Elementary School in Bellingham. A number of local companies, Bellingham Police & Fire, Boston Medflight and more participated in the well-attended event that featured a helicopter landing, K-9 demonstrations and free pizza donated by Blackhawk Pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs generously donated by Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department and a bouncy house from Taylor Rental.
Volunteers gather at the first fundraiser held toward building an inclusive playground at Stallbrook Elementary School.
Stallbrook teacher Hallie Glassman embarked on this initiative, inspired by classroom aides and her students, who encounter difficulty accessing the playground at the school. Lack of physical access, she says, leads to an altered social emotional experience for children who can’t use the playground.
Avery and Hope, who are each 6 ½ enjoy some sand time at the touch-a-truck.