Latham School Awarded $20,000 Playground Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Eastern New England, Inc.

September 22, 2011

Latham Centers, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England, Inc.  The grant is restricted toward the building and installation of a new adaptive playground on the grounds of Latham School in Brewster, Massachusetts.  Latham is now in the process of raising an additional $20,000 to fully cover equipment and installation expenses for the project.
The playground installation is slated to commence by spring 2012 with in-kind assistance from the Yarmouth, MA Moose Lodge #2270.  The playground is being specially designed to improve perceptual-motor skills, spatial awareness, and motor skill development of the Latham School population.  It will also assist students in training for the Special Olympics as members of the “Latham Hawks” athletic team.
“It is our intent that the playground will create healthy challenges for Latham students,” according to Karen McEachern, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England. “Undoubtedly, the equipment will greatly aid Latham’s physical education staff to implement new, physical activities on site without having to leave campus.  We are so happy to provide the lead grant for this project.”
To donate to the Latham School playground, or for more information, contact Gerry Desautels, Director of Development at 774-353-9296 or
More about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England

Since its inception in 1986, RMHC of Eastern New England has awarded over $22 million to organizations and programs helping thousands of children and families throughout Eastern New England.  RMHC of Eastern New England gives on-going support to both the Boston and Providence Ronald McDonald Houses®, which provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals and two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles™. The Care Mobile in Worcester, Massachusetts provides medical and dental care to children with unmet healthcare needs, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Rhode Island (a.k.a The Molar Express) provides dental care to children in 20 communities.  For more information, please visit

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