The picture above shows an all-inclusive playground in another city. The equipment shown is an example of a proposed park.

We received a estimate to convert the Lake Winona Playground near the Band Shell - the amount is $170,616.00.

   To give you a perspective of the number of children that are deemed to be physically challenged in our community, there are 3500 students in grades K through 12 in District 861. The district classifies 244 as having some degree of physical challenge. This figure does not include the students in private or charter schools. It is clear to see that this number would be much higher when we look at the complete picture.

   The name of the project, "Every Child's Dream" resulted from the fact that it is truly every child's dream to run, jump and play just like everyone else. This project hopes to make that dream a reality. We aim to give every child the opportunity to play alongside their peers rather than watching from the sidelines. The picture of the park above shows an example of an all-inclusive playground.

   If you wish to join this campaign, please contact me at 507-458-6315 or email me at jjkrage@hbci.com.  You do not have to be a Lion to join in this project.  If your company or organization would like to have me come to discuss the project, please call or email me. I would be very happy to explain the fundraiser and its' goals.
 
   Make donation payable to: Winona Community Foundation. Put either Every Child's Dream in the memo line or just Lion's project. Mail your donation to: Winona Community Foundation, 51 East 4th, Suite 314, Winona, MN 55987.

 The children are counting on all of us; let's make their dream come true.

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