WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Five Indiana community service
organizations have been recognized for projects that help improve the lives of
people with disabilities.
The projects were part of the Bridging Horizons Community
Service Contest, sponsored by Indiana AgrAbility, Breaking New Ground at Purdue
University and DuPont Pioneer. The contest is an opportunity for community
service organizations, such as FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, Junior Leaders and
Girl/Boy Scouts to help community members overcome physical barriers.
“This year’s participants completed some significant
projects in their communities,” said Kylie Hendress, AgrAbility engagement
coordinator. “From building sidewalks and ramps for public buildings to helping
plant gardens and making raised garden beds, each of the projects made a
substantial contribution to its community.”
The Carroll Fort Wayne FFA chapter won first place, with a
$500 prize, for a project in which members designed and built a community garden
at a local disability outreach center. They built two accessible picnic tables,
two wheelchair accessible garden boxes, two ground-level garden boxes and two
benches with planter boxes.
The Sullivan FFA won second place, with a $250 prize, for
building a wheelchair ramp at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds grandstand area.
The members also put in a concrete sidewalk leading up to the ramp so visitors
no longer have to travel through loose gravel to get to the grandstands.
The Jay County FFA in Portland took third place and received
a $150 prize for improving the accessibility of the vocational facilities at a
local high school. The project was a new sidewalk that connects the agricultural
buildings, providing students in wheelchairs or on crutches easier access to
There also were two honorable mentions. One went to the
Center Super Stars 4-H Club of Howard County for replacing the main entry door
to the 4-H LEAD Center in Greentown from a manual door to an automatic one. The
other recognized Girl Scout Troop 6203 Cadettes for completing several indoor
and outdoor projects at a local health clinic.
Information about the 2013-2014 contest is available at
www.breakingnewground.info/horizons. The deadline for the contest is June 1.