Durham Tech Students Transform Play Area
Learn about the several accomplishments of the crew
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.