dōTERRA Matches Donations to Help Idaho Community Build Playground for Special Needs Children

Combined with tireless fundraising and community support, doTERRA’s donation helps turn the dream of a new playground into a reality.


The parents and students of the Midway Elementary School special needs program in Menan, ID have been working toward getting a new playground for nearly two years. With an end goal of $60,000, students, parents, community members and the Midway Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) have spent the last two years working on a massive fundraising and grant-writing campaign to bring this project to fruition. 

The Midway Elementary special needs program accommodates all children in the Jefferson County School District with special needs, working to give kids with special challenges a safe place to learn. Before the fundraiser, the playground equipment at Midway was in desperate need of an upgrade in order to make it safe and practical for the special needs students. 

With generous donations from various foundations and businesses in the community, the Midway Elementary PTO found themselves getting closer and closer to their goal. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® promised to match the school’s fundraising efforts, and donated $10,000 after just a few weeks of vigorous fundraising through school penny wars and a volleyball tournament called Digs for Kids. doTERRA’s matching donation was facilitated with the help of doTERRA leader, Sarah VanSteenkiste.

In addition to creative fundraising and helpful donations from businesses, many individuals from the Menan community stepped up to help with fundraising events by donating their own time and money to the cause. With community support, the Midway Elementary special needs program was finally able to see their hopes of a new playground become a reality. 

Equipment for the new playground was carefully selected by the Jefferson School District’s occupational therapist in order to ensure that each child could play safely, regardless of their challenges. When it came time to build the playground in July of 2017, the community saved nearly $15,000 by getting willing community members to donate their time and manpower to help with a supervised build. 

With this new equal-access playground, the special needs children of Midway Elementary now have a place to safely and effectively use their free time to play just like all of the other children at their school. While the fundraising goal of $60,000 dollars seemed nearly impossible two years ago, charitable businesses, dedicated community members, and concerned parents proved that reaching this goal was in fact, possible.

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