Revisiting Renee Ford’s Sensory Garden & Playground

Jamison playground sensory path

One year later, the team at Sauers Cares revisited the sensory-friendly garden & playground at Jamison Elementary.

On Saturday, June 26th, 2021 Sauers Cares hosted an event in collaboration with Jamison Elementary and the Ford family to break ground on an autistic support playground. Sauers Cares, with school and community leaders, enhanced the playground to include enriching features and to fulfill the individual sensory needs of each student. Then, in September 2021, the sensory garden and playground was completed and unveiled to the Jamison Elementary community.

Renee Ford’s Legacy

Together, we built this unique autistic support sensory garden and playground to honor the memory of Renee Ford. On January 30th, 2021, Renee lost her battle to squamous cell lung cancer. Renee worked at the Central Bucks school as an autistic support educational assistant for about nine years. She was an integral part of the Jamison Elementary family, always going the extra mile for her students. She carried herself with grace and a willingness to put others first.

Next Steps for the Playground

Now that kids have explored and played in the space for a year, we have learned as much as they have. Over the next few months, we’ll be updating some of the sensory elements. We will also develop a maintenance plan that keeps everything safe and useful.

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