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Rotary members build wheelchair-accessible walkway
Julien walkway
Turlock Noon Rotary members get their hands dirty on Friday digging the path for a new walkway at Julien Elementary. - photo by MAEGAN MARTENS / The Journal

The Turlock Noon Rotary members put their sweat, muscle and money into a new project that will see the building of a cement walkway at Julien Elementary School.

On Friday, the Rotary members were out at Julien using a Bobcat and shovels, digging the pathway that will be filled in with cement today.

The service club was inspired to do the project after they heard a kindergartner couldn’t exercise with the other students because there were limited areas her wheelchair could go.

The walkway will be curved and run in between shaded trees in a grassy area at the school. The majority of materials were donated, with the total cost of the project about $2,000 and five hours of labor.

“There was a need and it was an improvement to the site,” said Scott Richardson of the Turlock Unified School District.

Most school sites have cement pathways that are generally used for tricycle riding during kindergarten recess, Richardson said. The pathway will benefit all students at Julien Elementary, not just those in wheelchairs.

To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.