Fargo's first ASL immersion academy looking for help with playground fundraiser

A GoFundMe has been set up by the academy with a $50,000 goal to improve its playground area that had glass shards in the area. Without it, the academy can't open.

Glass shards were found in the rocks of this playground.
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FARGO — The metro's first American Sign Language immersion program is in the process of opening near Shanley High School. Before it can open, improvements are needed around their building, with help needed from the community.

When Vineyard 2nd Generation opens, it will support those who are deaf and hard of hearing in the area and their family members.

The new program is unable to open currently after shards of glass were discovered in the playground area. To help, a GoFundMe was created with a $50,000 goal, but it's needed quickly.

"We're really crunching, because unfortunately we can't open without an appropriate outdoor space to play. So, we can't open unless we have it redone so we are hoping
(to be open) within the next two months," said fundraiser organizer Brandi Anderson.

The money will be used to make the playground area more accessible so everyone can enjoy it.


"We want to make this playground ADA accessible for our children, not only with deaf or hard of hearing needs, but also physical disabilities as well. So, we are going to change it to a turf where kiddo's with wheelchairs and walkers are able to get up their too," she said.

The fundraiser can be found on the Vineyard 2nd Generation or on GoFundMe.

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