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Jaffrey girl raising funds for inclusive playground equipment

  • Allyson Hocter, an eighth grader from Jaffrey, is raising money for a piece of inclusive playground equipment for the Humiston Park playground. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Allyson Hocter, an eighth grader from Jaffrey, is raising money for a piece of inclusive playground equipment for the Humiston Park playground. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Allyson Hocter, an eighth grader from Jaffrey, is raising money for a piece of inclusive playground equipment for the Humiston Park playground. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 5:43PM

Allyson Hocter is on a mission to create an inclusive playground in Jaffrey.

The eighth grader and Jaffrey resident is raising money for a piece of inclusive playground equipment for the Humiston Park playground, a sensory seat, which is a freestanding seat with a five-point harness.

The seat allows one kid to sit and be strapped in, while another person spins the seat.

“I feel like things aren’t always 100-percent fair [for kids with sensory and mobility impairments,]” Hocter said. “It’s really important to give those kids a chance to be confident and play with their friends.”

Fundraising for the sensory seat is Hocter’s Take-Action Project, which will help her get the silver award through the Girl Scouts. 

“One thing I like a lot [about Girl Scouts] is I get to help a lot of people and I get to do a lot of community service,” Hocter said. 

Inspiration for the project came from Hocter’s mother, who used to work at a special needs hospital. 

Hocter fundraising campaign is called Pom Poms for our Playground. The pom pom part of the name comes from “pom pom friends” that she is making and selling, the primarily fundraiser in her campaign.

“You have to make everything you sell,” Hocter said. “I was thinking of different things to do and I remembered these pom pom guys that we made in Girl Scouts.”

Hocter makes the pom pom friends in a number of different colors, each having their own name and personality. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hocter said she has raised about $785 of her $1,170 goal. The project would’ve been more expensive, but the playground company providing the chair offered a discount and free shipping and Home Depot has offered to donate concrete. 

Hocter will be having a carwash on Sat. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belletetes to raise funds for her project. 

Anyone interested in donating to Pom Poms for our Playground can reach Hocter at kidsatplay@yahoo.com or on Facebook at Pom Poms For Our Playground Silver Award Project. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.