WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — One West Lafayette Girl Scout is working to make Greater Lafayette more handicap accessible.
Sixteen-year-old Lauren Kish is focusing on the parks. She's working to raise $10,000 to provide 20 ADA-compliant swings to multiple playgrounds.
Her mission is to get the Gold Award, which is the highest-ranking Girl Scout award. Kish has partnered with the West Lafayette Parks Department to begin the fundraising process.
She said she loved swinging as a kid, now she wants all children to be able to experience the thrill as well.
“I always loved to swing when I was a kid and I wanted to make sure all the kids feel included in the parks and everyone can swing no matter what they're like or if they have a disability,” said Kish.
She said the award requires finding something she's passionate about and using that to fix a need in the community.
“I just want all the kids to be included in the parks and for them all to be able to have fun and play at the playgrounds like all the other kids and I don't want anyone to feel left out,” said Kish.
West Lafayette parks currently have three ADA accessible swings and Lafayette parks have four. You can help Kish reach her goal by donating to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Troop #2748 P.O. Box 3793 West Lafayette, IN. 47996.
The city of West Lafayette is also working on a fundraiser to help the project. City leaders will release more information on how to donate at a later time.