Children going to their preschool classrooms at Cortland’s Racker facility have received a new upgrade courtesy of a community service project that got some help from SUNY Cortland’s Physical Education Department and student volunteers from SUNY Cortland’s baseball and softball squads.
Racker, which specializes in aid for individuals with disabilities, recently added sensory pathways for the children consisting of a large collection of colorful floor and wall stickers. The art has an added benefit in that it also encourages these young learners during their daily routines to practice important motor skills like jumping, hopping and skipping. The differing pathways were assembled across multiple hours by over 30 members of SUNY Cortland’s baseball and softball sports club teams on behalf of Fit and Fun Playscapes, a business creating school supplies to aid in mental and physical development.
The response to the sensory pathway endeavor was so positive that Racker officials were later able to secure roughly $11,000 in grant funds to help make the project a reality.