STEVENS POINT (WAOW) — A teacher from Jefferson Elementary in Stevens Point is recognized with a Jefferson Award.
Kim Boden teaches sixth grade.
She also spearheads a fundraiser to make the playground more accessible for those who have mobility issues.
“Students identified the surface as being unfriendly for people who have a disability –they can’t get around on the wood chips,” Kim Boden said.
The estimated cost of installing a poured rubber surface on the playground is $55,000.
So far, students have raised $47,000 under Boden’s guidance.
Jody Walsh works in the office at the school and nominated Boden for a Jefferson Award.
She calls Boden an inspiring role model.
“We appreciate her so much,” Jody Walsh said “She’s an amazing example for everyone.”
Boden says the project provides life lessons for students.
“They get outside themselves and start thinking about others,” Boden said.
The school replaced much of its playground equipment after a wind storm damaged in 2017.