Dec 7, 2017, Shelbyville (IN) News: McDonald's grant to help improve SMS sensory room https://www.shelbynews.com/news/news.php?ID=1167 Through a Make Activities Count grant given by McDonald’s Restaurants, a Shelbyville Middle School teacher is looking into adding a sensory board and fiber optic light for a sensory room in the middle school. Whitney Rooks, a life skills teacher, was awarded $500 during a grant check presentation with one of the owners of the Shelbyville McDonald’s on Tuesday afternoon…. “The sensory room is really important,” she said. “The lights really help with their senses, the different kinds of gadgets, the locks, the sounds, the touch. All five senses are very important for their learning in everything that we do.” When Rooks applied for the grant, her wish list included a fiber optic light that has a soft feel and a sensory board, which help students improve their sensory skills. She said she worked at an autism center and at other sensory centers over the summer and was able to bring some ideas to the middle school from that experience.