As part of the Oct. 1 Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) Board of Trustees regular meeting, the Blythe Elks Lodge #1799 donated a sensory pad to the Palo Verde High School (PVHS) Special Education program.
The interactive sensory item donation – valued at an estimated $870 – was formally accepted by the PVUSD Board of Trustees as part of the evening’s agenda.
“We greatly appreciate the kind donation the Blythe Elks #1799 made to our students. Through this benevolent and charitable act, our special education students will be able to engage in tactile and multi-sensory learning, with ease. Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) can always count on organizations such as the Blythe Elks, to go the extra mile and support our students, whenever there is a need,” stated PVUSD Public Information Officer Cathyleen Rice to the Times. “So thank you, to our local lodge, for bringing happiness where it counts most; in the classroom and centered on our youth.”
As noted to the Times by Elks Lodge #1799 Head Trustee Garry Bolding, the incoming sensory pad will be personalized with designs native to the greater Palo Verde Valley area and serve as an interactive system for students to strengthen and improve cognitive skills with.
“We’ve been looking at (donating a sensory pad) for a couple of years, with the special ed. teachers. This is something they’ve wanted but it had to be indoors,” said Bolding. “A class of students – they may have to kneel down, hop, or reach up on a wall and maybe push something back and forth. Just different activities they’d have to do along the way.”
The Blythe Elks are long-standing community patrons, donating to various resident youth sports, education and recreational activities throughout the years.
Over the summer, the Blythe Elks Lodge #1799 partnered with the Sheltering Wings non-profit to organize the Blythe Little League Challengers Division for local participating youth.
(Note: PVUSD’s Palo Verde Head Start program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year, with more full-day/half-day sessions readily available for children ages 3-5 years old. Transportation services and other resources are available. Parents and guardians of children with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please call  922-8454.)