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Columbus, GA: Elem school opens "sensory garden" for autistic kids

May 16, 2023, WRBL, Columbus, GA: Johnson Elementary celebrates new Susan Elder Sensory Garden for special needs children

Monday was a special morning at Johnson Elementary School. A new sensory garden was dedicated with much fanfare.

A courtyard was transformed into something that students – especially special-needs students with autism – can now use to learn and grow.

Through a public-private partnership, the unused space has become an amazing garden and outdoor learning space.

Pedaling for Kids and Matthew Gibson of Gibson Construction Company provided the funds and did the work on the roughly $20,000 project….

The organization was founded in 2010 and traditionally has helped special needs families with items that are not covered through insurance or other means.

Dr. Susan Elder, a Johnson Elementary Special Education teacher, saw the need for the space and helped put together the coalition that made it possible.

“I did not think it would ever be this beautiful, but paddling for kids went all out on it,” Elder said. “And Matthew, he did incredible work. It is absolutely beautiful.”…

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