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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-28

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elieving that all kids,
despite any physical
challenges, should have
a safe, fun place to play,
members of National Council of
Jewish Women-Greater Detroit
Section have completed a project
begun in September 2002 at Hess-
Hathaway Park in Waterford.
Al]. Kids Playground is metro
Detroit's first fully integrated, uni-
versally accessible playground.
Special features of the playground
include a poured rubber surface,
ramps, transfer platforms and other
safety devices. It is structured for
interactive, dramatic social play.
The playground was funded by a
grant from NCJW; Waterford Parks
and Recreation Department made
the land available.
A fund-raising celebration will be
held at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at
Seligman Performing Arts Center at
the Detroit Country Day School,
22305 W. 13 Mile in Beverly Hills.
Ted Kennedy Jr., a leader in civil
rights issues for people with disabil-
ities, will be the guest speaker.
During the evening, NCJW's
Children's Advocacy Awards will be
presented to attorney Richard
Bernstein, an advocate for statewide
funding for special education; Dick
Cartmill, director of the Waterford
Department of Parks and
Recreation; Dr. Ian Jackson, direc-
tor of craniofacial and reconstruc-
tive surgery at Providence Hospital;
Lisa Kowalski and Debra Branham,
creator of the Disability Awareness
Workshop for Oakland Schools;
and Alyssa Martina, publisher of
Metro Parent magazine and a
founder of Parenting Awareness
Month.
NCJW seeks additional funding
to maintain the special equipment,
to add more equipment, to build a
play structure for young children
and for educational programs to
increase public sensitivity of those
with special needs.
Reserved seating for the event is
$75 per person; open seating is
$40. An afterglow follows the
event. Call (248) 355-3300 for
reservations and information. II

Co-chairs of the National Council of Jewish Women-Greater Detroit Section's All
Kids Playground committee, from left, Myrna Edgar, Marsha Zucker, Sondra
Nathan and Judy Rosenberg.

National Council of Jewish Women's Libby Sherbin and Sondra Nathan check out the
playground with Michelle Holmes, 13, a student at Waterford's Mason Middle School.

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