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Mallett School classrooms outfitted with new calming spaces, thanks to PTA

Members of the Mallett School Parent Teacher Association, from left to right: Rachel Heseltine, Crystal Woehrle-Logan, Scott Erb and Camille Blanchet, are surrounded by  new classroom supplies provided through fund raising efforts last year.

Board members of last year's  Mallett School Parent Teacher Association, from left to right: Rachel Heseltine, Crystal Woehrle-Logan, Scott Erb and Camille Blanchet, are surrounded by new classroom supplies provided through the PTA's fund raising efforts.

wiggle cushions on hand for those high energy moments when a little calming or re-focus time is needed.

Wiggle cushions help refocus students so they can perform better in class.

FARMINGTON - Thanks to the fund raising efforts of W.G. Mallett School's Parent Teacher Association, there will be a new calming area in every classroom and a resting mat for every kindergartner as they start school next week.

When the pre-kindergarten through second-grade students start school on Tuesday, Sept. 2, there will be a new colorful bean bag chair, noise-reducing headphones, rubber ball fidgets and wiggle cushions on hand for those high energy moments when a little calming or re-focusing time is needed.

In addition, all of the kindergartners entering school will be spending their nap times on soft new foam mats.

The $2,000 worth of calming space tools and resting mats were provided through the PTA's many fund raising efforts during the last school year.

"Teachers have said all along they wanted more wiggle cushions," said Morgan Leso, a school counselor at Mallett School. The ideas of more wiggle cushions, which are a type of inflated seat cushion, along with creating a calming space were on the general classroom wish list.

"There wasn't a lot of things available to calm students who may become agitated. Knowing there was a need, I brought the idea to the PTA last year and they said yes," Leso explained.

Parents then went to work raising the funds required to supply every classroom of the school.

Among the fund raisers was the Hannaford  card when used for purchase, sends 5 percent of the total to the Mallett PTA at no cost to the customer. Another school fund raiser before the holidays last year was Square 1 Art, which uses children's artwork as a transfer onto other items like coffee mugs, T-shirts and other gifts items. A portion of the proceeds went toward Mallett  PTA projects.

Teachers will be able to choose from noise-reducing headphones and rubber ball fidgets

Teachers will be able to choose from noise-reducing headphones and rubber ball fidgets.

Redeeming a whole lot of box top logos for cash netted more than $2,000. Another $2,000 or more came from the clynk school fund raiser bottle redemption program. The PTA also provides funds for other school-related activities, technical upgrades and art program supplies, said Rachel Heseltine, of the PTA.

"Class field trips wouldn't be possible without the assistance of the PTA," Leso said. All too often teachers pay out of their own pockets for the classroom supplies they need. The PTA helps support teachers by providing the supplies they need in the classroom, like 20 bean bag chairs.

Teachers will be invited to pick up their classroom calming needs during the two workshop days held this week.

Parents and guardians of students attending Mallett School are invited to join the PTA and help support teachers in the coming school year. For more info, go to the MallettPTA Facebook page and like it for updates. You can also email MallettPTA@gmail.com for more information on how you can help.

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7 Responses »

  1. Yay, Mallett PTA - past and present - and all the active supporters; you sure do keep us going! Many thanks for the classroom items to get the year started.

  2. THAT IS FANTASTIC!!!

  3. Great idea! Hope the bean bags are not ones that were recently recalled for safety reasons.

  4. Way to go Mallet PTA! What a thoughtful way to cater the needs of our Kids! Staying calm is an essential element to creating a safe and productive learning environment and requires communication and a partnership with school staff, administration, and parents! It's good to know we have all of these things in our children's day.

  5. Nice work, Mallett PTA, meeting the needs of the students and teachers! It's great to see this organization going strong.

  6. Just a rhetorical question to those of us 65'ish and older (that will probably NOT survive 'moderation').............. How the hell did we ever survive and prosper??

  7. Has Elan taken over the school system?

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