A desire to include a classmate in playground activities resulted in having fourth graders build a playhouse for a classmate in a wheelchair.
Students realized at the beginning of the school year that a first grader who uses a wheelchair had no playground equipment available that she could use.
“All she could do was sit there and watch her friends play,” fourth-grader Tonae Coleman said.
The students decided that they needed to do something for her, and they were accustomed to creative problem solving thanks to the French Academy’s focus on STEM subjects and problem based learning.
Along with working on a design for a playhouse with ramps, they collected donations and applied to the Decatur Public Schools Foundation for a grant to develop the STEM part of their project. With the help of volunteers, the building was put up in one day.