The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club has donated $1,500 to the School District of Lee County to fund an autism sensory room. Terri Myles, Autism Program Specialist with the School District of Lee County, accepted the donation on behalf of the program. The donation was funded by a $750 grant from the Florida Kiwanis Foundation, which the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club matched.
The funds will go towards the purchase of furniture and equipment to create a sensory room for students with autism in the School District of Lee County. Approximately, 1,100 students with autism spectrum disorder are currently enrolled in the School District of Lee County. Twenty-seven of the 120 schools within the district offer social communication programs to serve the specific needs of students with autism. Of these schools, 15 have sensory rooms. Sensory rooms provide a welcoming, calm space where students can self-calm and gain control.
The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Myers. For details on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, please call club president Heather Chouinard at (239) 332-4440 or email Heather.Chouinard@IBERIABANK.com. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www.metro-mcgregor.com.