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School gets new playground

DACULA - After more than a year of fundraising, Fort Daniel Elementary School now has a playground for the 3- and 4-year-olds who attend its special education preschool program.

The new playground is handicap accessible and will help the children develop motor skills and socialization and communication skills in a safe environment, principal Carolyn Madsen said.

The playground, dedicated earlier this month, includes ramps for wheelchair access, panels with different textures and activities such as a rock climber that help build balance and coordination. A play pad was also installed so the children can work on building motor skills by riding tricycles.

"We are just thrilled that our community pulled together and gave us the resources for this," Madsen said.

Nearly 30 organizations, groups and individuals made contributions to help the school purchase the playground.

As of Tuesday, the school had seven students enrolled in its preschool program. Madsen said the number will grow as eligible students turn 3, and about 30 students are expected to be enrolled in the program by the end of the year.