Swinging Wheels is a Girl Scout Gold Award project. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, with the help of others, I am going to put in a wheelchair swing at Lincoln Park and help move the park closer to access board guidelines. Children with mobility disabilities do not have much to do at Lincoln Park, so I am trying to raise money to help these kids have more to do outside. Kids need to be outside with their friends, but for them to have fun outside, there must be something that they can do. When I’m done with this project, they can swing while their siblings play ball, or the sibling can swing with them. Kids with disabilities get bored and want something to do outside.
Children of all abilities need to be outside for several reasons. They can appreciate nature when they go outside. Being outside can be calming and stress-reducing for kids. It also sparks their imagination and makes them want to move more. They think about school better and sleep better when they go outside. They can be strong and healthy when they go outside and enjoy the sunshine- sunshine has been proven to help with immunity. Kids can do something exciting when they are outside. They need to be with friends, not sitting around in the house, but playing outside.
I love to swing every day and would like to share the joy of swinging with others. It just makes me happy. I like to be high in the air when I swing. It helps me wake up, concentrate on my schoolwork, appreciate nature, and think through things that are difficult for me.
Grace Seidel, Girl Scout Ambassador