Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

New Sensory Garden Built for Fullerton Children with Special Needs

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

New Sensory Garden Built for Fullerton Children with Special Needs

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After three years of planning, a sensory garden offering therapeutic and tactile features for children with special needs took shape this summer at Commonwealth Elementary in Fullerton, CA, through an estimated 200 hours of labor by 30 volunteers, including members of Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation, Allianz Asset Management, and teachers and staff of Commonwealth Elementary School, for students to enjoy--beginning at a grand opening, Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.

This sensory garden is unique because of its setting in general education campus at Commonwealth Elementary, providing inclusion opportunities for students of all abilities. The garden was made possible through community grants, individual donations, and volunteer support, with donations totaling over $20,000 from organizations including Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation, Allianz Asset Management, Autism Speaks, Mike Houser, C.R. Young and Sons Inc., Bob Weeks, Al Rodrigues, and Service Roofing Company.

Says Sensory Garden Designer and Commonwealth Elementary Kindergarten Special Day Class Teacher Sue Pettinicchio: "I really believe our kids can learn anything other kids can learn, it's just finding the right way to teach them. …

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