Generous FSGC supporters from across northeast Kansas attended a party to mark the completion of FSGC’s new Therapeutic Play Park on Thursday, December 8.
The event, held in FSGC’s cafeteria, featured brief presentations by CEO Brenda Mills and Attendant Care Coordinator Romie Chavez. Chavez, along with two colleagues, identified the need for an on-campus therapeutic playground for older children three years ago and helped rally early support for the idea.
“Play is crucial to child development,” said Mills. “It’s how many children learn to take turns, to cooperate, to share and follow rules. Many of our children live in unsafe neighborhoods or areas where there are no places to play outside, so we decided to remove barriers to play and all the benefits that come from it.”
Approximately 50,000 FSGC clients will utilize the Therapeutic Play Park over the playground’s lifespan to learn and practice social skills they will use throughout their lives.
Mills added that support built steadily over the course of the two-year fundraising campaign.
“The Therapeutic Play Park was funded entirely by private donations. The Topeka community was incredibly generous and showed why it’s a great place to live and raise a family.”
Those attending had the opportunity to enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and a fun snack courtesy of a celebratory s’mores bar. Tours of the playground and agency were also offered.