WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Ms. Emily at Island Montessori Charter School is hoping to build a sensory garden to help students with sensory processing needs.
According to the fifth grade teacher, the gardens can help students improve fine and gross motor skills while encouraging communication and social skills among students.
“For our students who can become overwhelmed with the demands of the school day, sensory gardens can help reduce stress, anxiety, and frustration and aid in the reduction of aggressive behaviors,” Emily wrote in her post on Donors Choose. “Beyond the student’s sensorial needs, a sensory garden can provide opportunities for investigative learning in a non‐threatening environment that adapts to many types of curriculum.”
Emily is asking for about $150 through the Donors Choose website, an online charity that helps teachers across the country raise money for school projects.
She plans to use the money to purchase two raised garden beds with grow grids and soil to build the sensory garden.
Click here if you would like to donate to her project.