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Students raise money for wheelchair accessible swing

01/23/2013

Students, front row, left to right: Alexandra Spencer, Tera Brown, professor Ashley Johnson, Christian Puckett and Bethany Kelley. (Hannah Ellighausen not shown). Back row includes members of the Hanover Township board of trustees..
Students, front row, left to right: Alexandra Spencer, Tera Brown, professor Ashley Johnson, Christian Puckett and Bethany Kelley. (Hannah Ellighausen not shown). Back row includes members of the Hanover Township board of trustees..
For five Miami University students, a class project led to a fundraising campaign that raised $4,000 to help build a wheelchair accessible swing in Hanover Township Memorial Park, located 10 minutes from Oxford.

Christian Puckett, Bethany Kelley, Tara Brown, Hannah Ellinghausen and Alexandra Spencer developed the community project based on research they did for their disability studies class.

A wheelchair accessible swing similar to one that will be installed in the Hanover Township park.
A wheelchair accessible swing similar to one that will be installed in the Hanover Township park.
“Our professor, Ashley Johnson (visiting faculty in educational psychology and co-faculty adviser of the Best Buddies student organization), assigned our disability studies class to create a project to help people in our community,” said Puckett. “We were surprised to learn the total cost for one swing is $5,600. We put together an action plan believing it was important for the community.”

The team worked with the Hanover Township board of trustees to first get them to vote to approve their project and then to also agree to have the township’s contractor construct the swing. The swing will be built in the spring with the township making up the difference of the total cost.

Johnson, who teaches at Miami’s Hamilton campus, said this is the most money raised by her students that she can remember.

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