WORCESTER, Mass. — A new interactive tool at Central Mass Collaborative School in Worcester will give students a chance to refocus their energy.
McLaren & Associates donated the sensory journey to the Hartwell Learning Center. It is used to help children regain productive use of their energy by walking, jumping, bouncing or relaxing.
The school caters to students who need specialized services. Teachers there said that when students are overstimulated, it’s a chance for them to overcome their distractions.
“When you use this path there are breathing techniques that are involved, there is self-rhythm that is involved, there is muscle control, there is hand-eye coordination,” said Kathy Bierch. , fourth and fifth grade teacher. “All of these pieces, when you think of using them in conjunction with the goal of being ready, brings skills to all areas of your life. Who doesn’t need to practice this? Everyone needs to practice that.
“There are public and private schools suffering from funding and even just going without supplies is a big problem,” said David McLaren, managing partner of McLaren & Associates CPAs. “So trying to get something like that is almost impossible, so if you can give them something that they can really use and that has an immediate impact on the kids, I think that’s a big deal. We wanted to take the leap when we could.
McLaren said they hope to make more donations to other Worcester-area schools in the future.