Fleming Island Elementary School Opens Flamingo Island Sensory Room
Fleming Island Elementary will open its new “Flamingo Island Sensory Room” this month. The sensory room, created to function like national models, will serve students in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.
The Fleming Island Elementary ESE program serves students with a variety of disabilities. The primary vision of the sensory room is to support students in self-contained classes while providing added support to ESE students in general education classrooms.
The school’s goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment for all the students. The room includes sensory stones, a tunnel, balance beam, trampoline, teeter totter, and a rowing machine, that can be used for physical activity. Students will have access to touchscreen Chromebooks, and there are also ways for students to participate in calming activities with light tube visuals, bean bags, and a hammock.
Principal Jennifer Collins is excited about the addition of the sensory room and shares, “It is amazing to see the students using the resources in the sensory room as a mechanism to help enhance their educational experience at school. Our students are very receptive to the supports provided through the sensory room and we are confident that this room will continue to be an asset on our campus.”
“We aim to meet the needs of every student in all aspects of life as it is critical to develop the whole child. Our focus on the emotional and mental health of students plays an important role in creating the most successful academic experience. The Flamingo Island Sensory Room is a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to utilize different techniques to offer a diverse learning environment,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
Fleming Island Elementary was able to build the room with the assistance of corporate partners including Flamingo Lake RV Resort, Fleming Island Walmart, and Hall’s Nursery. Students, staff, and families also contributed with school fundraisers.
What: Flamingo Island Sensory Room Ribbon Cutting
Who: Superintendent Addison Davis, Clay County School Board Members, Fleming Island Elementary Leaders
When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fleming Island Elementary School
4425 Lakeshore Drive
Fleming Island, FL 32003