Fairview El­e­men­tary wins $2,382 grant

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

Fairview El­e­men­tary School earned some ex­tra bucks to start its school year.

The school won a lit­tle more than $2,000 in the Big Lots Lot­s2Give video com­pe­ti­tion, in which par­tic­i­pat­ing schools across the coun­try sub­mit­ted short videos and brief es­says ex­plain­ing why their schools needed fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Fairview El­e­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Naomi Cobb and FES ad­min­is­tra­tors were pre­sented with an in-store cer­e­mo­nial check for $2,382.23 yes­ter­day morn­ing at Big Lots on U.S. High­way 278.

Fairview’s video en­try sought fund­ing for a “sen­sory room” to help stu­dents fil­ter out both­er­some sights, sounds and scents so they can fo­cus on learn­ing.

“This will be a spe­cial area in our school where stu­dents who strug­gle with sen­sory de­vel­op­ment can go for brain-strength­en­ing ther­apy,” said me­dia spe­cial­ist Matt Os­born in a news re­lease from the New­ton County School Sys­tem.

“All peo­ple have sen­sory is­sues some­times. How­ever, some are more sen­si­tive than oth­ers. A sen­sory room will help stu­dents fil­ter out dis­trac­tions and ad­just to their en­vi­ron­ment so that they can get back to the busi­ness of learn­ing. The money will be used to pur­chase spe­cial­ized light­ing and mul­ti­sen­sory equip­ment to make a space that is both calm­ing and ther­a­peu­tic.”

Cobb said in the re­lease that the school was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for the grant.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Big Lots, 185 schools com­peted for a share of $120,000 in cash prizes in the sixth an­nual Lot­s2Give video con­test. In New­ton County, Fairview El­e­men­tary, Cle­ments Mid­dle School and New­ton High School com­peted.

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