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Montevallo, AL: Elem school to add indoor/outdoor sensory path so kids can calm down

Oct 25, 2018, Shelby (AL) County Reporter: MES receives donation for student sensory paths https://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2018/10/25/mes-receives-donation-for-student-sensory-paths/ MONTEVALLO – With a gift from state Rep. Matt Fridy, Montevallo Elementary School will be designing and implementing both an indoor and outdoor sensory path in the coming months. These paths will offer students a way to use their bodies and environment by allowing for brain breaks. The paths give the students an opportunity to utilize their muscles, breathing, spatial awareness in order to “reset” their brains. Fridy visited Montevallo Elementary School on Tuesday to deliver a $10,000 check to be used toward the construction of the sensory paths, which are being modeled after similar paths that were designed and implemented by special education teacher Holly Clay at Bramlett Elementary School in Oxford, Mississippi. Campbell said she and Mary Sharman, one of the special education teachers, had been having conversations around the idea of a sensory path and how much it would benefit the students, especially students who might be feeling a little overwhelmed, anxious, or overstimulated in the regular classroom and need a break to be able to calm their emotions and refocus. “…Sometimes our students, all students with varying abilities and needs, just need an opportunity to reset and take a break. These paths will provide an intentional, purposeful avenue for that both inside and outside the building.” … …We are so very appreciative and excited.”