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Greater Tucson Leadership, Abbie School team up to build sensory room for students

Posted at 6:18 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 08:22:03-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Every year the Greater Tucson Leadership chooses one project to take on in order to help the community. This year, they chose to help the Abbie School fundraise to build a sensory room for their students.

The Abbie School is located on the eastside near Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road. The school serves children of all ages who are on the spectrum.

Jennifer Moore, who is one of the founding members of the Abbie School is also taking part in the Greater Tucson Leadership organization this year.

Moore said she was thrilled when the group decided to help the school build a sensory room as their 2020 project.

Moore added that ideally, the sensory room will have an array of items meant to help students if they get overwhelmed.

"How we're envisioning it would be swings, mermaid sequin fabric, weighted blankets. Some children like being in a ball pit. There is all kinds of tunnels or tents, LED lights. There is all kinds of equipment that go into creating a sensory space," said Moore.

Moore added the hope is students at the Abbie School can use the sensory room to better develop coping techniques.

She said in the long run she believes a space like this would help students beyond the classroom.

"We want our students to be able to be successful after they leave here," said Moore, "They have a much greater chance at being able to have relationships withb their family, with their peers, be able to function at school, but not just that, be able to function at a job."

The Greater Tucson Leadership and Abbie School are hoping to raise at least $25,000 in order to properly equipt the sensory room.

If you'd like to donate, you can reach out to staff at the Abbie School by calling (520) 300-6103.