Swing time for VBISD students

Volunteers assemble the new playground for special needs students at Van Buren Intermediate School District’s Bert Goens Learning Center in Lawrence. The playground is being named “Janice’s Playground” in honor of former Principal Janice DiGiovanni. She envisioned the playground and started fundraising before dying of cancer.

LAWRENCE — New backpacks, new shoes and new school supplies aren’t the only things Bert Goens Learning Center students will have when starting their new school year.

They will also have a nice surprise – a new, handicapped-accessible playground built specially for them.