At our last meeting our speaker was Russ March, principal at Victress Bower School for Exceptional Children. Russ is very passionate about his students and his project. It is called the Mobility Project. Russ works at a school where most of the students are mobility challenged. The students have several pieces of equipment each that take up a lot of space in a very limited classroom. What this project is about, is to install lift systems in the ceiling of each of the classrooms. It is vitally important for these students to be upright, so their circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems can function properly. The students are unable to assist the staff in getting into their equipment. The ceiling lift systems are typically safer to use than any other type. They are very expensive. Russ started the project 2 years ago when the school used $15,000 of their General Fund budget to install a lift system in their Mobility/Sensory Room. The students go there to experience sound, smell, tactile and visual stimulation which calms them. Russ is looking to team up with other local non-profits in the area, such as Rotary clubs. With this monetary help, his dream of putting ceiling lifts in all the classrooms can be realized. We were all inspired with Russ’ vision.
To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club guest speakers, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.