DENVER, Colo., May 7, 2015 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of trauma-informed care for children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to mental illness, trauma, abuse or neglect, showcased the renovation of its Sister Daniel Stefani K–8 school at a grand reopening celebration held at the school on May 7, 2015. The school provides academic instruction for the children in residential treatment at Mount Saint Vincent and up to 30 additional students from across the Denver metro area.
Donors raised more than $200,000 to refurbish the 10-year-old school, providing it with new furnishings, curriculums, and much-needed equipment. While all improvements were needed, the interactive whiteboards represent a significant technological advancement. According to market research and forecasting firm Futuresource Consulting Ltd., 60 percent of U.S. classrooms have interactive display devices, for a total of 2.1 million deployed. By 2019, the presence of interactive displays is expected to jump to 71 percent.
The school’s new Teamboards® feature games to help with spelling, videos to complement the weekly reader, and timed skills games like math facts.
“When our students transition back to their community schools, it’s important for them to be familiar with interactive white board technology,” said School Director Lori McClurg. “We want to give them every opportunity to make a successful transition.”
Another improvement was the addition of desk chairs that rock and standing desks equipped with swinging footrests. Because of their past trauma, many students have difficulty with sensory integration, which is the process of accurately organizing environmental or bodily sensations in order to produce an appropriate stimulus response. Sensory overload can cause frustration, anxiety, or stress. The new desks and chairs allow fidgety children to stay calm and focus on their schoolwork.
“My students were so excited about the new furniture,” said teacher Myra Marcus. “They were actually reluctant to sit on the chairs or use the desks for several days. Of course, they got over that fairly quickly.”
About Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides clinical treatment for children facing severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse, or neglect. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only a handful of organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s continuum of care includes residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, community trainings, parent education, a K–8 school, and community early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.
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