West Lafayette teen fundraising for ADA swings

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) – Sixteen-year-old Lauren Kish wants to bring change to Tippecanoe County.

She’s hoping to bring 20 accessible swings to kids with disabilities in Tippecanoe County.

“Everyone should have an equal opportunity to have fun at the parks and should feel included no matter if they have a disability or not,” Kish said.

And she’s currently in the fundraising process for the ADA swings.

“I’m trying to do all the parks in West Lafayette and then go to Lafayette to see what they need as well,” Kish said.

The teen was inspired by a family friend’s son.

“Sam can’t use his arms and legs so every time we would go to the parks I would feel bad because I would want him to enjoy the parks like all the other kids,” Kish said.

But she says it’s her 11 years of experience as a Girl Scout that made her want to take action.

“Through Girl Scouts, I guess they teach you to really go into the community and see if there’s something that needs to be done so with the Gold award you have to find a need in the community and it needs to be sustainable and I always like to swing and everyone always wants to feel included in the parks and for Sam as well for him to feel included,” Kish said.

This Girl Scout senior is currently taking on the feat to raise $10,000 needed for the 20 swings. She’s planning to work through her summer and keep working on her goal until it becomes a reality.

Checks should be written out to:

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

*Memo line: Lauren Kish, Gold Award Project

Please send all donations to:

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Troop #02748

P.O. Box 3793

West Lafayette, IN 47996

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