EARLY, Texas (KTAB) – Two high school seniors are bringing a playground for special needs and disabled children to the town of Early. It is all part of a project for Texas Midwest Community Network.
“You’ll go out on a Saturday morning to the park or the afternoon and you’ll see kids playing. Your sister, your brother, your nieces, nephews just the kids playing and you’ll look off to the side and there will be that one kid that can’t play. Not because they don’t want to but it’s because they really can’t,” Early High School senior, Zane Hobson said.
When the two seniors saw a need for a playground for special needs kids and kids with disabilities, they jumped into action.
“We want to bring children together at a young age,” the second half of the team, Brianna Brown said.
They started raising money to build a sound garden in Early.
“There’s a drum set, there’s a big xylophone series things and then just big metal rods that the kids can just go and bang on,” Hobson said.
“We’re just using big instruments to allow the kids to play,” Brown said.
Their goal was $25,000.
“It’s been rough, not gonna lie it was rough to get the boulder started but since we did it’s been smooth sailing. I think the biggest thing is getting said no to and I feel like people underestimated us a little bit because we’re so young and they’re like kids they can’t do this in a month,” Hobson said.
Eventually the no’s turned to yes’s and they almost doubled their goal, raising $40,000, but what kept them going?
“We’ve been best friends since the very first day of sixth grade so just knowing what to say to keep me motivated and I know what to say to keep him motivated and say okay this is just one no there’s several other people out there who will say yes you know we just got to keep on pushing through it,” Brown said.
“Definitely my best friend. She’s my rock in this whole thing,” Hobson said.
While this duo will graduate and move on next year, what they leave behind will have a lasting impact on the community.
“We just want to leave something that will affect people for centuries to come,” Hobson said.
The students will break ground in two weeks and the sound garden should be complete in mid September.