George Key dedicates new wheelchair swing in memory of student

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, George Key School unveiled a brand new wheelchair swing in its playground area. This swing was dedicated to the memory of a dear student and friend, Dylan Ciocan, who recently passed away. Dylan was a preschool and kindergarten student at George Key. He loved coming to school, and enjoyed Dr. Seuss books, which is why the school chose a Dr. Seuss quote for the dedication plaque. The plaque itself was printed and donated by Brea Trophy.

Over 50 percent of the students at George Key are in wheelchairs. The new swing allows these students to experience the sensory experience of swinging like a typical ambulatory child.

Three years ago, members of the George Key Parent Student Staff Organization (PSSO) agreed to purchase a wheelchair swing through donations and fundraising. A large portion of the PSSO funds were from a contribution by the Ciocan family in Dylan’s honor.

Over the past three years, the district has worked to create a safe, secure location for the swing. The district also agreed to fund the installation and safety foam flooring, for which the George Key community is incredibly grateful.

The Ciocan family was in attendance to celebrate the memory of their son, as well as the beginning of new swinging adventures at George Key.

Click here for our Facebook album titled “George Key Wheelchair Swing Dedication.”

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