Belmont College SGA Supports Children with Autism
St. Clairsville, OH (October 5, 2012) – Children with autism are benefitting
from the generosity of some local college students who understand the value of giving.
The Belmont College Student Government Association (SGA) conducted autism awareness
and fundraising activities earlier this year and donated the funds raised to the
School of Hope, the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ school program,
and the Augusta Levy Learning Center, Wheeling. Nearly $1500 was divided between
the two agencies that support children with autism.
The Belmont CBDD designated the funds for The Wiggle Room, another sensory option
that gives children with autism and other developmental disabilities a way to expend
energy so they can perform better in the classroom. It contains colorful mats, a
specially-designed trampoline, ball pit, rock wall and other items. Students draw
on their gross motor skills like jumping, climbing, and sliding to use up excessive
energy and regulate their sensory systems.
“The Wiggle Room is another resource for children with disabilities,” said Stephen
L. Williams, Superintendent of the Belmont County Board of Development Disabilities.
“We thank the Belmont College students for their interest and this generous donation.”
The Student Government Association at Belmont College works to foster social, cultural
and intellectual development of its members and leadership development. For more
information, contact Jennifer Redrup at 740-699-3815 or log onto
Student Goverment Association on Belmont College's website
*Press release posted with permission of the Belmont County Board of Development
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(left to right): Lea Sicurella, Belmont CBDD Autism Support Coordinator; Stephanie
Turner, Belmont CBDD Intervention Specialist; and Bronte Showalter, Belmont CBDD
Early Intervention Specialist; Jennifer Redrup, Belmont College Director of Student
Engagement, Leadership, and Career Services; Frank Larkin, Belmont College SGA;
Josh Doty, Belmont College SGA Vice President; Danielle Shreve, Belmont College
SGA President; Samantha VanHorn, Belmont College SGA; and Everett Mace, Children’s
Services Director, is pictured at the far right.
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