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Plans for the senior class project

Abby Donovan, Opinion Editor

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Kennedy’s class of 2016 is planning to announce their senior class project today during our homeroom advisory class.

Originally the proposed project was to fund money to build our own all- inclusive playground, but recently the senior class has decided to partner with Variety to help with the funding.

Variety is a non-profit children’s charity, they are the head organization for the project. They have contractors already in place who would be building the playground and they have approved it through the city.

The all-inclusive playground is going to be built in Noelridge Park off Council Street. It will allow children who normally take part in playing on the playground to continue doing so, but it will also involve children who have disabilities by being more accessible.

“We thought it would be a great way for Kennedy students to get involved since Noelridge is so close to Kennedy,” National Honor Society leader Sweta Sudhir said.

“This would benefit all kids in that they would have a brand new playground that’s nicer than the current Noelridge playground, but especially benefits those with disabilities,” NHS leader Alec Hanson sr., said. “It would unite families with children with and without disabilities and allow everyone to have a good time at the park.”

The goal for Kennedy’s contribution is to try and raise as much money as possible. Variety’s goal is $500,000.

“Fundraising hasn’t officially started for us, but Variety already has funds in place,” Hanson said. “We will be setting incremental fundraising goals later for our class.”

There is no specific date to start the construction, but the contractors are planning to break ground in the springtime.

“Once all the money is raised it takes six weeks to talk to the departments about getting the materials on site, but once everything is on site it takes ten days to build the park,” Sudhir said. “It’s something that very reasonably could be done before we graduate and we are really hoping to see that happen.”

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