Christmas Tree

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Some employees at Jefferson County Schools (JCS) are working to help spread holiday cheer for local families whose children have sensory sensitivities. Families have signed up to participate Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, to visit Santa Claus in a controlled setting. Staff worked to create an area with low light and sound, fewer distractions, and flexibility. JCS PERC (Parent and Educator Resources) Coordinator Rachel Hardy said she was thrilled to offer this opportunity for kids.

            "Sometimes traditional celebrations can be hard for those with sensory sensitivity, so I was so excited when the central office staff decided to adopt the Sensory Santa event as the annual service project this year," Hardy said.

            With support from her co-workers, Hardy was able to fill gift bags for all participating students.

            "We put a lot of fun items in the bags, as well as books and other activities we think the students will really enjoy. Students can see Santa Claus and have that experience, but we can help control the environment to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe."

     Employees in the Central Office chipped in to provide gift cards and other goodies for participants.