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Huntington students raising money for more handicapped-accessible playground equipment

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

Huntington students are on the fundraising trail again this year as they look to raise money for more handicap playground equipment.

The Destination Imagination group got the idea for the project after they met a young Huntington girl by the name of Honor.

"[Honor] was born with Spina Bifida which is a neurological defect," Huntington student Barrett Duncan said. "Her mother carried her to the top of the slide at Chick-fil-A and slid down with her because she cannot do that herself and there are no parks around her with wheelchair playground equipment."

Last year, the group of students raised enough money to buy a wheelchair swing. The group raised close to $5,000. This year they hope to do more, so they can buy a bigger piece of equipment.

It is something that would make her brother happy.

"She doesn't get to do as much as me and my sister do," Jordan Tinsley said. "Me and her get to play on the equipment, and Honor does not."

The group also hopes to raise the awareness about disabled children.

"I hope people will start looking towards people with disabilities and try to put themselves in their shoes and try to make it easier for disabled people," student Riley Howard said.

The penny drive ended on Jan.16 but the students are still accepting donations after that day.

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