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Helping build Freedom

May 19, 2010

Last month, a group of students from the department of Therapeutic Recreation in the College of Health Professions and Social Work spent their Friday afternoon helping build a playground in Haverford, Pa.

The space, Freedom Playground, will be built with special needs children in mind so that everyone – despite any physical or sensory issues – can enjoy it.

Each semester, the TR class is required to complete 20 hours of community service, and can choose from a variety of activities.

“I had already filled my requirement of 20 hours, but the building of the Freedom Playground sounded like too much fun to pass up,” said therapeutic recreation student Ornela Ustayev. “To be able to say that I was a small tiny part of the creation of this beautiful idea was enough for me.”

Photos from build day, courtesy Nanette Vliet, clinical instructor and student services manager in the TR department:

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