Parkway ECC Dedicates New Playground to June
On September 9, 2017, Parkway Early Childhood Center (Parkway ECC) on 14605 Clayton Road opened its new-handicapped accessible playground. We feel honored that the Parkway School District named this playground in June’s memory. June attended Parkway ECC for seven months before she died in February 2016. We treasure the memories of June’s time at school, and we are grateful that she was able to experience such a special place. Matt and I were in awe of the dedicated professionals at Parkway and Special School District. The teachers, aids, therapists, nurses, and administrators were devoted to June’s success and the success of every special needs child. Matt and I often joked that if the healthcare system had run as efficiently as the June’s preschool, we would all be better off.
When the director at Parkway ECC told us the school was building an all-inclusive playground in June’s memory, we wanted to help. June loved to swing. It calmed her and always produced a smile and contagious laugh. We said it was how June could just be a kid. What better way to celebrate June than to donate a handicap accessible pink swing – June’s favorite color – so other kids could experience the pure joy June felt as she flew through the air. Children like June face so many daily obstacles, and it is important to remember that they are kids who need time to play just like all children do.
We commend Parkway for building a playground where all kids can play together regardless of the physical limitations they may have. The equipment chosen allows all students using wheelchairs and walkers to navigate freely alongside their friends. It has rubber tile and an ADA ramp for easy access. Additionally, Parkway ECC wants to encourage all children with physical limitations to enjoy the playground after school hours.
Matt and I are honored Parkway ECC remembers June in this special way. We would also like to honor all the children like June we’ve met along the way who have died. Their impact on our lives and the lives of so many others is immeasurable. This playground is in their honor too.