New Brewer Community School to get additional playground equipment

Posted April 20, 2011, at 6:42 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Bongos, drums and other outside musical instruments, telescopes and a talk tube or two will be added to the three playgrounds at the new Brewer Community School to provide children of all abilities something to play with.

“We’re adding quite a bit, nearly $10,000 in equipment, for all children to use that also is  handicap accessible,” Superintendent Daniel Lee said on Wednesday. “We wanted to make the playgrounds more interesting.”

After the three new playgrounds, which comply with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements, were recently installed, Lee and others became concerned that there just wasn’t enough stuff for students who use wheelchairs or who have other disabilities.

With the new equipment, which will be installed in the next month or so, “there are going to be activities that anyone can do in all three play areas,” he said. “We found some good stuff.”

For around $9,285, the school department is adding specially designed swings for the swing set, talk tubes, telescopes and musical instruments.

“We have a large musical area that has bongos and other musical equipment so they can make music,” Lee said. “It will be kind of a cool thing.”

The new 156,000-square-foot pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school on Parkway South,  scheduled to open in the fall, has 72 classrooms. The main playground is between the two main hallways, but two others are in front of the school for students to play on before or after classes.

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