Ellen Van Tassel, a speech therapist for Forest Lake Area Schools, applied for a Dorothy Clingman grant to update materials for the Early Childhood Program at the Central Learning Center in Forest Lake.
One of the ways Ellen used the grant was to update a swing and purchase new swings. The swings gives kids an opportunity to take sensory breaks when they become overwhelmed. It helps kids regulate their bodies so that they can return to class.
Thanks to the grant, 45 special education students have access to this equipment each day and over 120 general education and family education students use it throughout the month.
Pictured are other materials purchased with the grant.