H.B. Lawrence School in Holyoke unveils sensory walk

Hampden County

A school in Holyoke is giving kids a way to take release pent-up energy in a productive way during the school day.

According to a news release sent to 22News by the Holyoke Public Schools, the H.B. Lawrence School unveiled its sensory walk Monday morning.

The release said students often seek movement through potentially disruptive behaviors by wandering the halls, fidgeting, and talking to their peers. The walk will provide students with a proactive way to release their energy without being disruptive.

“I like about it is the hopscotch on it, and I get to count,” said Evanie Mateo, a first grader at the school.

The walk is the first in the district and was designed by a team of educators in the school. The walk consists of physical activities that support academics. 

“I like about it when you jump because you feel very calm,” said Leishlianet Santiago, also a first grader at the school.

The walk is located in a hallway that doesn’t have a lot of foot traffic and has letter, numbers, sight words, and a variety of movement prompts.

Each class has been trained on how to use the walk, and students will able to use the walk throughout the school day as long as they’re accompanied by a staff member. 

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