STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - When students at an elementary school in Starkville return to school they will notice a major change to the area they like to play at during recess.
An initiative that started with a teachers vision is now one step closer to coming to fruition.
It's been a long time coming as kids will now have an appropiate place to play on a playground that has state-of-the-art equipment for people who are faced with challenges in life.
"[It's important for us] to get completely handicap-accessible playground equipment," said teacher Brooke Kiel. "We have a merry-go round, a roller table and a tire swing, [and it's] equipment that is ADA compliant. It's really going to be a place where any kid of any ability can play."
Thanks to the volunteers who came out here to work on the park at Sudduth Elementary, not only students who attend school here will be able to enjoy a refurbished park, but also people in the community will be able to utilize it.
"The community will have access to this facility," adds Lisa Thompson, principal at Sudduth Elementary. "All of the children at Sudduth Elementary -- whether or not they have special needs -- will have access to this facility."
Having a space where all kids can be kids will help them when it comes to future development.
"It's really important for them to be able to do that and learn how to socialize with other kids and learn how to play and work out their own problems," adds Kiel. "This will give them a space to learn all those real world skills that they'll use as adults."
The new Friendship Playground is available for non students of the school but that's only after school hours Monday-Friday.
The staff at the school says Community Build Day was a huge sucess thanks to all the volunteers.