Sheila Goins

(2-13-20) The Celina Kiwanis hosted Sheila Goins, a spokesperson for the inclusive playground project,​ A Park 4 All Abilities​​​​ ​,at Coldwater Memorial Park.

Goins explained the difference between “accessible” and “inclusive”.

“Accessible means you can get there. It means you may be able to use parts of the playground, but inclusive means you’re playing together with everyone involved.”

Goins and Jenny Brandon conceived of the idea for an inclusive park while watching special needs children unable to use the equipment in Memorial Park. After research into the construction of such a park, they created a committee to make that dream a reality. Their organization received a $250 thousand grant which they successfully matched. They were able to order playground equipment.

They now seek funds for installation and maintenance. The playground will be built in three phases. The committee hopes to have some of the work done in time for the Coldwater Community Picnic.

For more information about the inclusive playground, go to apark4allabilities.org, contact Committee Director Jenny Brandon at (419) 733-5978, or like them on Facebook.

In club business, members voted to donate to the Celina Schools Levy Campaign and the CHS After Prom Committee.

Megan Smith was inducted as an official club member.

Based on a suggestion from club secretary Linda Goodwin, the members decided to donate books or other materials for children and teens to the District Library to honor guest speakers. The club had been giving pen and pencil sets but decided that donating books and educational materials was more representative of the Kiwanis mission.

For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Celina, find them on Facebook or go to https://k16309.site.kiwanis.org/.