Number of Participants: 12
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $203
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: January 26, 2021
Deer Park High School senior Robert Punger visited the district’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School in September 2019, asking Principal Kelly Benson if he could donate an Eagle Scout project for the school.
“He wanted to do something different and something that could be used for our students with special needs,” Benson said. “In our discussion, we talked about creating a sensory hallway in JFK. A few weeks later, he came back to me with an idea. After doing some research, he discovered that some children have a particular sensory system that needs extra input, and it can be helpful to put materials together to provide specific stimulus to that sensory system.”
Punger decided to create a sensory box for JFK, but when COVID-19 hit last year, the school had to put its sensory hallway on hold. Punger, however, was undeterred in his goal, and recently delivered the sensory box for JFK’s life skills class to test out.
“Robert overcame many obstacles that COVID threw at him and created this wonderful piece for our JFK students,” Benson said. “It brought joy to their faces, and I am sure it will continue to be a resource for all of our students at JFK.”
Punger: For his Eagle Scout project, Deer Park High School senior Robert Punger created a sensory box for special needs students at the district’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School.
Photos courtesy of Deer Park School District