Latham Schools in Brewster awarded $20,000 playground grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Playground installation scheduled to begin spring 2012
Karen McEachern of Ronald McDonald House Charities and Cape Cod McDonald’s owner/operator Mark McBee (far left) present check to Keith W. Bradley, Latham Centers Board of Directors Chair (second from left) joined by Ken Brayton of the Yarmouth Moose Lodge

Latham Centers, Inc., a Cape-based not-for-profit serving children and adults with emotional, developmental and physical disabilities announced last month that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Eastern New England, Inc.  The grant is restricted toward the building and installation of a new adaptive playground on the grounds of Latham School in Brewster, Massachusetts.  Latham is now in the process of raising an additional $20,000 to fully cover equipment and installation expenses for the project.

The playground installation is slated to commence by spring 2012 with in-kind assistance from the Yarmouth Moose Lodge #2270.  The playground is being specially designed to improve perceptual-motor skills, spatial awareness, and motor skill development of the Latham School population.  It will also assist students in training for the Special Olympics as members of the “Latham Hawks” athletic team.

“It is our intent that the playground will create healthy challenges for Latham students,” according to Karen McEachern, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England. “Undoubtedly, the equipment will greatly aid Latham’s physical education staff to implement new, physical activities on site without having to leave campus.  We are so happy to provide the lead grant for this project.”

To donate to the Latham School playground, or for more information, contact Gerry Desautels, Director of Development at 774-353-9296 or [email protected].

Courtesy of Latham Schools, Inc.

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