My Ballard reader Michelle emailed in to let us know about the important issue of wheelchair accessibility at Loyal Heights Elementary. According to Michelle, the school is currently not wheelchair accessible and despite multiple attempts taking up the issue with the school district Loyal Heights has received a limited response.
“This issue has a big effect on our daily lives as my husband (who is in a wheelchair) can’t volunteer, go inside and pick our son up or get in for special events. We need help,” writes Michelle.
According to Michelle, the Loyal Heights principal Mr Wayne Floyd has applied for a grant that will allow wheelchair ramps to be built for the school and they need local support to make the grant a reality. The school has applied to secure a $200,000 “Together for Safer Schools” grant from Stanley Security, which are given based on the number of online votes a school receives. In order to win a grant Loyal Heights needs to place in the top three schools from a group of schools and school districts across the country. They are currently in 29th place and need your support!
“We have students, parents and community members with injuries and or disabilities who have a tough time accessing our building and portables because there is no ramp,” writes Floyd.
Anyone can vote once per day with online voting closing on December 13. Click here to learn more about the grant and cast your vote for Loyal Heights Elementary. You can also cast your vote by texting Loyal Heights Elementary to 99222.