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Buckeye South teacher earns grant for sensory solutions

DILLONVALE — The Jefferson County Educational Service Center has awarded $600 to one Buckeye Local School District teacher to help provide sensory solutions for students.

Buckeye South Elementary teacher Alyssa Lollini is a 2020-21 Best Practice Grant recipient and her windfall will benefit 10 special education students through her project, “Sensory Solutions for Sensational Students.” Lollini, who instructs students in grades K-4, will purchase materials to promote in-seat positive behavior, attention to task and body awareness. She said sensory interventions using sensory strategies are a part of evidence-based practices to include exercise, reinforcement and self-management techniques, The items will help students decompress and can be used prior to reaching a point of escalation.

This is the first time she received the mini-grant and Lollini said it would definitely help her students.

“I am beyond excited to be one of the recipients of this grant. I can’t wait to order everything and have my students use the different sensory items throughout the day,” she said. “This is such an amazing opportunity to provide them with the tools necessary to help them best succeed. I am incredibly thankful to the ESC for awarding me this grant, and I know my students are very excited as well.”

JCESC Superintendent Chuck Kokiko touted Lollini and all of this year’s recipients for their insightful and innovative ideas.

“The 2020-21 school year has brought new challenges for classroom teachers given the current pandemic. JCESC is pleased to have the funding for continued support of the Best Practice Grants,” Kokiko said. “Many teachers are looking for new resources to meet the unique needs of this school year while others are simply searching for funds to support innovative instructional practices. In either case, JCESC congratulates all of our winners and wish them continued success as they work to provide the finest education to their students.”

JCESC has awarded Best Practice Grants to benefit education at Buckeye Local, Edison Local, Harrison Hills City, Indian Creek Local, Southern Local, Steubenville City and Toronto City Schools as well as the Utica Shale Academy.

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