Lafayette Ind. (WLFI)- Every child is different, and those differences make the world a beautiful place. But some children need a little more help than others.
"Here at Linwood we have students age’s three to five with disabilities and we also have the Little Bronco's program,” says Tom Hermiz the Supervisor of Preschool and Special Education Programs. “The program is an inclusion class where you have children with and without disabilities."
The children at Linwood Early Childhood Center received a big surprise today, they got to play in the new Gross Motor Room which was freshly painted by St. Lawrence Catholic Church volunteers and the new equipment is thanks to them as well.
"To see the church and members of our community come and support our children and support our staff is amazing,” said Angel Elliot the school nurse at Linwood. “I cannot even put into words the gratitude I have."
The new equipment will help better educate children and develop their motor skills.
"In the past, our students with the most significant disabilities didn't really have any equipment that they could really use,” added Hermiz. “A lot of what was purchased is very useful for students with limited mobility and limited cognition skills."
Several of the new tools in the new room are sensory-friendly, meaning they can help children with Autism.
"We have this one piece of equipment we call the squeeze machine,” said Hermiz. “It's used primarily with children who have Autism although other children can benefit from it as well. They slid through it and it provides pressure on top and bottom so they are getting all this really good pressure and they learn how to integrate that in their abilities."
The church hopes the impact of their donation, will help others see how important it is to care for those who are often forgotten.
"At times I think it's easy to forget certain people in our community,” said Father Eric Underwood of St. Lawrence Church. “I think it's important to keep our eyes open and care for all.”
The church made a monetary donation of around 5-thousand dollars and has agreed to help the school get other sensory-friendly items they need as well.