Grant offers kids new ways to learn and play


From outdoor items such a trikes, bikes and scooters, to indoor sensory tools such as light tables, magnetic letter tiles, blocks, puzzles and more, students at Ocean Palms with varying exceptionalities have new ways to learn and play thanks to a grant of more than $9,000 from the JT Townsend Foundation.

The foundation is dedicated to “providing hope to the community of people living with disabilities by offering financial assistance for adaptive equipment and services that will improve their quality of life,” which is exactly what the foundation’s recent grant to OPE achieved by providing these unique educational items to the classrooms and outdoor play areas for approximately 75 students at the school.

In fact, this isn’t the first time OPE and the foundation have worked together on a project. When a new playground was installed at the school in 2020, the foundation donated $5,000 in support of a wheelchair-accessible otter float portion of the structure.

Together, OPE and the JT Townsend Foundation continue to provide educational opportunities, hope and smiles to students of all abilities.