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Phillis Wheatley Elementary School

Wheatley Elementary School, on Kansas City's East Side, has more than 100 students with special needs. The school offers sign-­language instruction and other special-education services. But its playground was another matter. The recess equipment was largely inaccessible and unusable to the school's children, who use wheelchairs and face other challenges. Enter the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, which has a ministry committed to making a difference in urban schools. The church's Bless the School team provided money and volunteer support to build a new, barrier-breaking playground. It opened in August. In addition to being easier to reach, it was designed to accommodate varying levels of disabilities and functional mobility. The swing set, for instance, features bucket seats as well as a wheelchair platform. Rubberized mulch never looked so godly.

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