The​ ​Joyner​ ​Foundation​ ​is​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​present​ ​a​ ​check​ ​for​ ​$3,000​ ​to​ ​Greenfield​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​in​ ​North Chesterfield​ ​to​ ​go​ ​towards​ ​an​ ​important​ ​need​ ​they​ ​have​ ​recently​ ​identified:​ ​a​ ​new​ ​Sensory​ ​Room​ ​which can​ ​help​ ​those​ ​with​ ​learning​ ​difficulties​ ​interact​ ​with​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​them​ ​in​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​environment.​ ​The money​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for​ ​reading​ ​resources​ ​in​ ​the​ ​library.

Many​ ​people​ ​don’t​ ​realize​ ​there​ ​are​ ​actually​ ​seven​ ​senses.​ ​Most​ ​people​ ​are​ ​familiar​ ​with​ ​five​ ​senses​ ​– sight,​ ​hearing,​ ​smell,​ ​taste,​ ​and​ ​touch.​ ​However,​ ​we​ ​also​ ​receive​ ​input​ ​through​ ​two​ ​additional​ ​senses. But,​ ​we​ ​also​ ​have​ ​a​ ​vestibular​ ​sense,​ ​or​ ​movement​ ​and​ ​balance​ ​sense,​ ​and​ ​also​ ​a​ ​proprioception,​ ​or body​ ​awareness​ ​sense.

A​ ​Sensory​ ​Room​ ​is​ ​a​ ​specially​ ​designed​ ​room​ ​which​ ​combines​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​items​ ​to​ ​help​ ​children​ ​and adults​ ​develop​ ​and​ ​engage​ ​these​ ​seven​ ​senses.​ ​These​ ​rooms​ ​can​ ​help​ ​those​ ​who​ ​have​ ​learning difficulties,​ ​developmental​ ​disabilities​ ​or​ ​sensory​ ​impairments​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​interact​ ​with​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around them,​ ​but​ ​in​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​environment​ ​that​ ​builds​ ​up​ ​their​ ​confidence​ ​and​ ​their​ ​ability.

Additionally,​ ​reading​ ​resources​ ​will​ ​be​ ​purchased​ ​for​ ​the​ ​library,​ ​which​ ​will​ ​be​ ​used​ ​by​ ​all​ ​students.

“We​ ​are​ ​very​ ​thankful​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Joyner​ ​Foundation​ ​for​ ​their​ ​generous​ ​gift,”​ ​said​ ​Melissa​ ​Reams,​ ​Principal​ ​of Greenfield​ ​Elementary​ ​School.​ ​“This​ ​money​ ​will​ ​go​ ​a​ ​long​ ​way​ ​in​ ​making​ ​needed​ ​improvements​ ​for​ ​our students.”