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Sensory Support Backpacks

Two seventh grade students at Thomas Hunter Middle School, Allean Rowe and Abby Henry, spearheaded a project to create Sensory Support Backpacks for children in crisis situations. The idea came from Brittany Lutz, a Gloucester teacher who created some of these earlier in the school year. Michelle Williams, the school’s FCCLA advisor, saw the article and contacted Lutz for guidance and then shared with the Family and Consumer Science classes and Rowe and Henry decided they wanted to create 10 of these to donate to the first responders who frequently encounter children who are experiencing a crisis that can have a negative impact on those who struggle with anxiety, sensory sensitivities, or who are on the autism spectrum. The FCCLA students sold concessions during intramural basketball games, created an Amazon wishlist, and asked for support on social media to purchase the items needed. Within a matter of days, there was a huge show of support with cash and wishlist donations made and t...

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