Freedom Acres School

Freedom Acres School improvements to benefit students on autism spectrum

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The Ionia County Intermediate School District Board of Education discussed upcoming improvements to an Ionia school during Thursday’s board meeting.

School officials hosted their first facility planning meeting on Nov. 30 geared toward meeting the needs of secondary autism spectrum disorder (ASD) students at Freedom Acres School, 2191 Harwood Road in Ionia.

TEN QUESTIONS: Tacos and T. Rex

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Who are you? My name is Timothy Patrick McAllister. I was born in 1974. I have lived in Grand Rapids since 1993 and my job is Ionia County reporter for the Daily News.

New playground at Ionia’s Freedom Acres School includes zipline

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A new adaptive playground at Freedom Acres School is the only one in Ionia County specifically designed so children of all mobility levels can play together with total freedom.

The new equipment at 2191 Harwood Road in Ionia includes swings of various shapes and sizes, a massive jungle gym with ramps, stairs and other methods of getting on top of it, a merry-go-around that spins via a wheel in the middle and sensory features like musical equipment.