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Wateree Elementary opens new playground with special features to accommodate special needs students

April 19, 2021

WES Playground Wateree Elementary School (WES) officially opened a new playground last week that includes features that will accommodate all students, especially those with special needs. 

Features of the playground include sensory boards for those with autism, wheelchair accessibility and a shade for those who cannot be in the direct sun. The playground has a small stage so that the area can be used as an outside classroom and theater. The play area is also safe for students who have traches who cannot be in the sand or dirt.

Palmetto Corp donated the concrete. The school also wrote a grant and its PTO helped raise money to build the playground.

WES Playground Ribbon-Cutting Picture A: Officials cut the ribbon to formally open the new playground at Wateree Elementary School. Left to right: Palmetto Corp Director of Business Development Melissa Cole, WES Assistant Principal Amy Jordan, WES Principal Charles King, WES Assistant Principal Lindsay Christofaro and WES Teacher Gladys Thompson.

Picture B: Wateree Elementary Parent Robin Mathis shows her sons Colton (background) and Jaxon how to use one of the sensory boards on the new playground.


Mary Anne Byrd