Renee Ford’s Sensory Garden and Playground

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, Sauers Cares hosted an event in collaboration with Jamison
Elementary and the Ford family for the creation of an autistic support playground at Jamison
Elementary School. The project was created to enhance the existing playground with sensory
enriching features and fulfill the individual sensory needs of each student. Volunteers worked
Saturday to install a fountain, barefoot walkway, benches, and planters.

The playground is being built in memory of Renee Ford to support autistic students in Bucks
county. Jamison Elementary staff and community members came together in honor of Renee, a
former Jamison Elementary staff member who passed away in 2021 after a battle with cancer.
Renee was an integral part of the Jamison Elementary family and represented the good in the
school, community, and world. She carried herself with grace, class, professionalism, and a
willingness to always put others first. Her service to others is something that will never be

This project, valued at over $40,000 with no cost to the school, was made possible by the
generous contributions from our local businesses and community members. Phase two of the
playground project is set to take place later this summer. It will incorporate additional sensory
items including musical instruments and a tactile wall. A memorial tile wall with footprints from
volunteers will also be added.

Thank you to our community sponsors who donated time, effort, and funds to the sensory garden and playground in order to make it a huge success that will be enjoyed for generations to come.