New sensory path helping students in Evergreen

Evergreen Sensory Trail
Evergreen Sensory Trail
Evergreen Sensory Trail
Posted at 9:48 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 16:23:44-04

EVERGREEN — Evergreen Elementary School has developed a new tactic they hope will help students focus.

Whether you want to pick Flathead cherries or squish huckleberries, Evergreen Elementary School has a brand new sensory path that helps regulates student’s emotions and energy.

It’s a new trend and Evergreen school counselor Michelle Mitchell says it’s exactly what it looks like. “It’s body and brain. It helps you get your mind off of things. It helps to regulate your emotions and then you’re able to get back into the classroom.”

Mitchell noted that the sensory path is entirely Montana themed, "Bitterroot, Glacier, mountains, cherries -- so, anything that dealt with Montana.”

“When we go to lunch it’s fun. And also, I get angry sometimes so my teacher sends me off and makes me go in there," third grade student Brooke Knoble told MTN News.

Mitchell says that through the school’s budget -- and extra donations -- the custom decals help students like Skyler Dugan get extra energy out between class.

“Pretend like you get to scratch it and stuff, it makes noise and it’s fun," Dugan said. "And I like doing tip toes on the tree and I like stepping on the logs and picking the cherries.”

Mitchell pointed out that the path is always available to students.

"We can tell when they just need a break. So, they take that walkabout pass. And maybe another para, another adult will come down and they’ll do it. Or our older kids are able to just walk down here, do what they need to do and off they go back to class."

“Mitchell says students are free to use the sensory path anytime during the day.