Subaru customers benefit special needs students

New Multi-Sensory Room opens at P.S. 5 in Jersey City

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Pictured from left are Dr. Gerard Crisonino, Director of Special Education; Julian Petrella, Hudson Subaru; Andy Shapiro, Hudson Subaru; Candace Coccaro, Supervisor; and Gina Verdibello, JCPS Board Member
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Donald Allen and Michelle Rygiel, Subaru Corp. of America
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Pictured from left are Dr. Gerard Crisonino, Director of Special Education; Julian Petrella, Hudson Subaru; Andy Shapiro, Hudson Subaru; Candace Coccaro, Supervisor; and Gina Verdibello, JCPS Board Member
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Donald Allen and Michelle Rygiel, Subaru Corp. of America

On Thursday, May 2, the Jersey City Public Schools Department of Special Education held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of a brand new Multi-Sensory Room at P.S. 5-Dr. Michael Conti School.

Joining in the celebration of the grand opening were local community partners Hudson Subaru in Jersey City and Subaru of America, Inc.  This room was made possible through the Subaru “Share the Love” grant opportunity. The grant has been written by Candace Coccaro, Supervisor of Special Education and Heather Piechocki, Lead Teacher for the past several years.

During the “Share the Love” promotion, customers who purchased or leased new cars had the option to allocate $250 to a charity of their choice.  Many of Hudson Subaru’s customers chose the Jersey City Public Schools Department of Special Education as their charity of choice.  The funds from this grant opportunity were used to purchase all of the sensory equipment.

P.S. 5’s room is the third that has opened since Spring 2018 for students with special needs. The Department of Special Education will have a total of nine Multi-Sensory Rooms in operation by Fall 2019.

Multi-sensory rooms are specifically designed environments which create a very wide range of sensory experiences for students through movement, touch, light and sound. “There are countless benefits for students when they spend time in one of these rooms,” Ms. Coccaro said. “Benefits include the ability to self-regulate their bodies, improve focus and attention, improve communication skills, build language, improve social skills and foster inclusive opportunities. We are so excited to afford our students these great opportunities.”

Dr. Crisonino, director of Special Education “is greatly appreciative to Hudson Subaru, Subaru of America, Inc. and their valuable customers who support our efforts in creating these multi-sensory rooms for students with special needs.”