Pumper Cars in Schools
We’re excited about a new partnership that has taken place with the non-profit organization, Mobility for Kids, and several car dealerships. Local dealers and their parent companies donate Pumper Cars to schools’ adapted PE programs. Specially designed stickers are placed on each vehicle promoting the program.
The first two test sites have been in Utah’s Washington and Iron Counties. Bradshaw Chevrolet and Stephen Wade Auto Center kindly donated over 75 Pumper Cars to local schools together. All of these cars will be integrated in the physical education curriculum allowing children with special needs to participate in ways they never could before during class and also out on the playground during recess.
Superintendents and instructors were almost as excited as the children who were on hand during one of the formal presentations. Kevin Garret, Director of Special Programs in Iron County, commented to Corey Baumgartner of the Iron County Today that he’s looking forward to what the Pumper Car can help do for everyone. “We should see immediate results by creating behaviors for these children that they can look forward to doing during the day. It has the two or even three-fold potential as something exciting for the children to do but can also be used for physical therapy.”
Plans for this program to expand throughout Utah and the west are in the process. It’d be wonderful to see Pumper Cars in every school throughout the country.
Photos courtesy of Chris Caldwell / The Spectrum & Daily News.