June 2018, Myra and Stan Frost Grant for Classroom Sensory Tool Boxes to Promote Engagement, Attention and Positive Behaviors: Lori Manaitis, Grade 2 Teacher & Alescia Ford-Lanza, parent. Grant funding for second grade classes to purchase tools such as weighted lap pads, stress ball fidgets and sensory cushions for better engagement, greater time on task, and channeling energies more appropriately and efficiently.
From Lori Manaitis, grant recipient:
All materials have been purchased and are in use in the classrooms. The students LOVE the tools. We have introduced them one at a time and made sure that all students have had the opportunity to "experiment" with each tool. Now the tools are available and students nonchalantly grab them when they need them. We have been working hard to utilize the tools in ways that help students to focus and sit in comfortable positions while learning. They love trying things out and are working through which tools work best for them. We have also discussed how these tools can help us achieve the goals we have created for ourselves through our class Social Contracts. We are looking forward to watching the students grow in their use of the sensory tools throughout the year.
Read the article at the Hartford Courant here