Latham School in Brewster awarded $25,000 grant by Yawkey Foundation II

Grant will fund an adaptive playground project

Latham Centers, Inc., a Cape Cod based not-for-profit serving children and adults with emotional, developmental and physical disabilities announced last month that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Yawkey Foundation II.  The grant is restricted toward the purchase and installation of adaptive playground equipment on the grounds of Latham School in Brewster, Massachusetts.  With this recent award, the playground will be fully installed and operational later this spring in memory of the late Tim Semple—the former Director of Latham Facilities.

The playground was specially designed to improve perceptual-motor skills, spatial awareness, and gross motor skill development of the Latham School special needs population.  It will also assist students in training for the Special Olympics as members of the “Latham Hawks” athletic team.  The Yawkey Foundation II has supported multiple Latham programs and initiatives since 2001—most recently Latham’s  innovative Asinotherapy program and the construction of a new dormitory at the Brewster residential children’s campus.

“The addition of an adaptive playground to the Latham School curriculum will encourage team-building activities, leadership, communication and positive interactions among students,” according to Anne McManus, Executive Director.  “Moreover, the playground will serve to build strength, endurance, and agility with specialized equipment as our children train for team sports in Special Olympics.”

Previous major grants for the project funded the installment of a high-tech, playground turf by The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England, Inc., The Palmer and Jane D. Davenport Foundation, and other individual donors.

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