Durham Tech Students Transform Play Area

Learn about the several accomplishments of the crew
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Kajuan Davis (left) and Rachel Hayes (right) put final touches on a fossil dig activity.

Four students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Durham Technical Community College spent six weeks this past summer transforming a courtyard for a classroom of nine children with autism at Washington Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. Students Lindsay Copper, Kajuan Davis, Taylor Greenhill and Rachel Hayes accomplished the following: 

• Added more than 30 fidget items to the sensory board.

• Created a music wall with household products that make a variety of sounds.

• Added plants and a fossil dig to the raised garden bed.

• Added a cat curtain made from bottle caps to the art studio.

• Painted the solar system on the ceiling of the studio. 

• Repainted tires in the play area. 

• Created two tic-tac-toe games.

• Added a bowling set with sand inside the bowling balls to help with upper body strength.

Besides making these improvements, the students raised enough funds to cover the almost-$600 cost for all of these materials. 

“This project helped us think outside of the box and [about] how we can create different things to work on upper body strength, parallel play, and really think about how we can make this a more efficient area that helps the kids with play therapy,” Hayes says. 


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