Rockford preschool teacher acquires sensory tools to stimulate learning

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- One local teacher used the donation of a lifetime to encourage a new way of learning within young students.

Jayne Walsh, a preschool teacher at Summerdale Early Child Center, had a vision for sensory integration in her classroom. She created a project on DonorsChoose.org to acquire more sensory tools, and a group of donors helped fully fund her needs.

Sensory tools intend to help children focus better in school and increase their participation. With the donations, her young students will be better able to improve their intellectual, social and emotional development skills.

"We want to create this environment where the kids just feel welcome, and they feel safe, and they feel like they have a place to go where they can let their feelings out," Walsh said. "We can provide them with the tool to identify those feelings and to figure out how to calm their own body. So when they go to kindergarten they already have those tools and be ready."

More than 22,000 teachers from Illinois have projects on DonorsChoose. Teachers have raised $39 millions to fund more than 68,000 classroom projects.