a student in a wheelchair at a playground

Sherwood Forest had an enriching experience at Inspiration Park for their first ever all-grades PACIFIC field trip! They visited this playground in particular because it was recently remodeled to include accessible playground structures. There were over forty students who attended from the PACIFIC program and from the school’s robotics team.

Sherwood’s robotics team has engaged in research about how playgrounds can be more accessible for kids with disabilities. At Inspiration Park, they observed how students in the PACIFIC program interacted with the equipment and what they found most enjoyable.

Staff said they enjoyed seeing the students interact with each other and discovering how they can play with peers safely on playground equipment. This unique opportunity allowed them to widen their view of playground equipment that is fun and accessible to all students. The staff already had a strong love for inclusion at Sherwood Forest, but this field trip reminded them how important it is to create environments for children to see one another’s abilities rather than disabilities.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.