Special Children Close in on Goal

A recent $10,000 donation from the Bakersfield Breakfast Lions Club brings the special children at the Claude W. Richardson Child Development Center one step closer to their goal: A Dream Playground. The new playground equipment is designed especially for children with disabilities. When completed, the Dream Playground will permit teachers to take what they teach in the classroom outside. "All the equipment is at ground level so any child regardless of their abilities can participate," says Richardson Center Principal Brian Cortez.

"This is just a fantastic example of schools, parents, and the community joining hands on behalf of these very special children who have needs different from what you find in the traditional classroom. When the project is completed, it will add another building block to the development of these children," says Associate Superintendent of Schools Christine L. Frazier.

Founded in the mid-1980s, the Richardson Center serves children with special needs from birth to age five. The school also operates a preschool program. Together, the two programs provide educational services to approximately 800 children during the regular school year. The school also offers instruction during part of the summer.

For more information, or if you would like to donate to this project, please call the Richardson Center at 336-5405.

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