GREEN RIVER — New gymnastics equipment was recently placed at the Island Pavilion helping out many special needs children in Green River.
The City maintains the equipment that was purchased through a grant from the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Rec Mill. The rec mill board approved the purchase of the equipment earlier this year at a cost of $6,791.00.
“The students are developing more than just motor control and building muscle, they are also building their confidence,” said Lincoln Middle School Special Education teacher Jessi Bartlett.
Bartlett went on to say “I have seen students do activities that they were scared to do like the high balance beam and activities that they were physically unable to do like jumping on the bounce track.”
She says gymnastics have provided my students with a safe space to learn about their bodies and how to take care of them in an environment that is safe and extends the boundaries of what is usually offered in the school setting.
“The kids seem to really enjoy coming over to the Pavilion and participating in the activities we set up for them and that all kids had a blast jumping on the bounce track and all of my older students loved to roll around on the rolling mats,” said Thomas Bolinger, Adaptive PE teacher.