The Cove is an enhancement to HEF’s 2020 Special Appeal, Pathways to a Healthy Future, which awarded each elementary school classroom $200 to customize a small quiet space for the over-stimulated student to self-regulate without leaving their class. The Cove goes further, creating a place for those students who need to step away. This grant will transform the small, unadorned Learning Center into The Cove – an aesthetically pleasing, calm environment used throughout the day by up to 50 Eisenhower Elementary special education students with sensory processing disorders and mental health concerns. The Cove will be stocked with a variety of sensory items, each designed to facilitate the development of calming and coping skills and self-regulation. It will become a place of refuge, offering students the chance to develop trusting relationships with the adults there to guide them. The skills that students practice here will travel with them far beyond the walls of The Cove, helping them thrive in their classrooms and homes, and making way for more focused learning. The Cove serves a need completely opposite to the Gross Motor Room, which is used by students needing stimulation.
Eisenhower Special Education
Submitter: Malea Becker