first_imgLANCASTER – Linda Verde Center, operated by the Lancaster School District for severely disabled students, received a $12,000 donation Monday for its campaign to get a new playground. The center’s current playground is in disrepair and the surrounding grounds have cracked and buckled – not easily negotiated by the school’s 42 students, many of whom use wheelchairs. “We’ve been working on this for years to get enough money to get a special playground for the students,” coordinator Donna Nigus said. “Most are physically handicapped, so we need a special playground.” Businessman and philanthropist Ron Emard presented a check for $12,000 to the center. Emard is general managing partner of Robertson’s Palmdale Honda and principal owner and partner of the Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson dealership. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The center needs $100,000 to replace the playground, and Emard’s gift brings the total amount raised so far to $60,000, Nigus said. “We are still raising money. We are getting close to the mark where we can break ground,” Nigus said. The new playground will include sensory-type equipment so students can wheel in with their wheelchairs and do activities, Nigus said. The students at the center, which is located on the campus of Linda Verde School, range in age from preschool to eighth grade. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 last_img read more