camdenplayground awards page!



-------------AWARDS & RECOGNITION-------------



We never did this playground for any recognition, or awards, we did it so my nephew, Camden, and children like him to share in the joy of childhood.
Playing on swings, sliding down a slide, and just having fun like children do. And everytime we see him and all children laughing and having the chance
to escape the hardships of their special needs, it brings joy to us. We know they are just like everyone else deep inside, even if they may be in wheel-
chairs, have walkers, seeing eye dogs, canes, it doesn't matter, they are still children. And with CAMDEN Playground, others are seeing that too.

Families come to CAMDEN Playground and no longer care what each other looks like, but only know there is another child to play with. They have
fun and suddenly the prejudism that once existed has vanished, at least here in Janesville. I've heard the same said about other places who've modeled
their playgrounds after this one, world-wide. This is the miracle we've gotten, from my nephew, Camden, a place where people can come together, grow
together and accept one another for who they truly are.

But we have been blessed with awards and recognition and I'd like to place them here and thank those who have given them to us. I don't know
if I'll remember them all, but I'll try. I wish I had pictures of them all, but those are in our scrap book which is held by my sister, Sara. We
felt it best to let the mother of the inspiration behind the playground be the one to be honored with that. So again, thank you all who have honored
us with these awards.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~AWARDS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1993 CHANNEL 23 VOLUNTEER AWARD

This was an award given by Channel 23, out of Rockford, IL, given to us because of our use of between 2,700 and 3,000 volunteers during the 2
phase building of the playground and how they were organized and put to work so smoothly.

1993 JANESVILLE CITY COUNCIL JANESVILLE GOOD CITIZEN AWARD

This is a City award given for our contribution to the community.

1993 EASTER SEAL SOCIETY OF WI DISABILITY AWARENESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

given to people or organizations which help raise public awareness helping those with special needs.

1994 DANIEL J FLAHERTY PARK EXCELLENCE AWARD

This is a National award given to projects that "demonstrate innovative cost effective design, the utilization of community input and resources,
and provide a significant impact on their community and agency".

1996 GOVERNOR'S WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING AWARD

This State award is given to a project which "have made outstanding efforts in source reduction, reuse of materials and recycling". CAMDEN
Playground has a majority of it's ramping, and ground cover which is recycled, as well as the wood and other portions of the playground,
for which it received it's award.

2010 PEOPLE MAGAZINE/MLB ALL-STARS AMONG US FINALIST

President/Co-founder, Sherry Kuelz was one of the 3 finalists from WI chosen because of CAMDEN Playground because of the her part in
putting together the organization and getting it started.



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