Special needs children at one Madera school are going to come out and play more often because of the efforts of an educational leader and the generosity of a Valley business and a nonprofit foundation.
When Madera County Office of Education board trustee Al Galvez visited the Norman M. Gould Educational Center in late June, he was taken aback by the sadness in a young girl’s face. Teachers explained to the wheelchair-bound student that extreme heat made the playground equipment too hot to touch, therefore she and the rest of the rest of the pupils could not use it that day. This upset her, and Galvez as well.
“Just to see her disappointment made me ask myself, ‘What can I do to help?’” he said.
Principal Lee Ann Jones told Galvez that a tree used to provide shade to the play area, until it was cut down because of disease, leaving the equipment bare for the sun to scorch and keeping kids away from it...