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Wilson Elementary Receives $10,000 for All-Abilities Playground Through Trail Blazer Organization

Kids playing on Wilson Playground

The Medford School District has a shared vision that ALL are learning and learning is for ALL, and in its dedication to that vision, it is excited to announce Wilson Elementary is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Trail Blazer organization that will be used to purchase equipment for an all-abilities playground.

“We are always working to integrate all of our students academically, socially, and emotionally so all can learn at their own pace with their peers regardless of their ability levels,” said Michele Cleveland, Director of Special Education.

The Wilson staff wanted to create a playground that allows students to interact with each other in a meaningful way. Thanks to the Trailblazers grant, Wilson Elementary can provide additions to its playground, with an emphasis on sensory items, creating additional access points for all students at Wilson. 

“We are exceptionally thankful to the Blazers organization,” said Wilson Principal Brent ‘Mac’ McConaghy. “These additional pieces of playground equipment will allow students to create more lasting relationships on the playground with their peers, which can help build up the social-emotional skills of all Wilson students.”

The district will receive the funds this spring for the purchase of equipment, and installments are expected this summer or next school year. 


The Trail Blazers Foundation is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals from communities that have been historically underserved or marginalized with a focus on where youth live, learn, and play across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Trail Blazers Foundation gives grants to nonprofits, schools, and youth and is funded through meaningful corporate partnerships, revenue from Trail Blazers license plate sales, 5050 raffle sales, as well as other fundraising efforts. The Trail Blazers and Trail Blazers Foundation gave $2.062 million to nonprofits and schools during the 2021-22 season. More information is available at

Kids playing on playground at Wilson
Kids playing on playground at Wilson
Kids playing on Wilson Playground