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Meridian HealthCare assists Boardman school with sensory room

“Offering a safe place where students can go to process their emotions and feelings is very important, especially in today’s day and age,” Meridian Healthcare CEO Larry Moliterno said.
Boardman Intermediate sensory room
Boardman Center Intermediate School counselor Kendra Baltes and Principal Randy Ebie prepare a new sensory room for equipment to be installed. (Contributed photo)

BOARDMAN — Boardman Center Intermediate School is partnering with Meridian HealthCare to create a sensory room to provide a safe space for students who struggle with behavioral or mental health issues. 

Meridian HealthCare will sponsor the $20,000 project, which is designed for all students, not just those with special needs.

Traditionally, sensory rooms are a therapeutic space with a variety of equipment that provides students with special needs with personalized sensory input. The goal is to help these children get calm and focused and gain balance and motor skills.

“We are so honored to be working with [Meridian Healthcare CEO] Larry Moliterno and the staff at Meridian. They truly understand the importance of the sensory room and the various needs of our students — especially during these times of COVID-19,” Kendra Baltes, BCIS counselor, said in a news release. 

The Boardman Center Intermediate sensory room is the first project funded by Meridian’s new Power of Care Foundation, which will provide nonprofit organizations financial support to offer supportive services to assist individuals with their mental, physical and emotional needs.

“Offering a safe place where students can go to process their emotions and feelings is very important, especially in today’s day and age,” Moliterno said. “We are proud we can partner with Boardman Schools on this project and offer this to the students in our community.”

Principal Randy Ebie said the “goal is to have everything in place by Jan. 25 for the start of the second semester.”