San Antonio.- On Wednesday, the Duct-Tape elves and Silver and Black Give Back unveiled the new sensory therapy room at the Child Safe campus.
The group, comprised of five students from the Northeast Independent School District’s Destination Imagination team, conducted fundraisers to construct and create ChildSafe’s sensory therapy room. The group painted a mural and gave new toys and furniture to provide a welcoming and safe environment for child abuse victims.
Several of the students completed “The Teddy Bear Room” for ChildSafe with Destination Imagination during the school year. The five students decided to continue helping the organization out under the name “The Duct Tape Elves,” the same name as the DI Team.
The group also held fundraisers over the summer to raise money to transform an office space into ChildSafe’s new sensory therapy room. Silver and Black Give Back’s Team Up Challenge provided the $1000 to start the project.
The students researched online what they needed for the sensory room by visiting similar facilities and researching online.
Duct Tape Elves was awarded $10,000 for their efforts by Silver and Black Give Back 2012 Team Up Challenge.
The group will use the prize money to further improve the room with a climbing wall, bubble column, ball pit, and/or an auditory/visual center with a natural lighting and music library for young children to utilize during treatment.
The team also plans to renovate the waiting room.
“It makes us feel so wonderful to see other children helping other children,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, Development and Marketing Coordinator for Child Safe.
Linda Weston, adult sponsor of the group and mother of seven-year-old Evan Weston, said the students found a need to help the kids at Child Safe.
“For them to have a passion for volunteering is outstanding,” Weston emphasized. “I’m so proud of them.”
The students, along with teams representing the ARC of San Antonio and Wreaths Across America, were also recognized for their achievement during halftime on Tuesday’s Silver Stars game.
“If these young children can give back and care about wanting to make a difference for others in need, it gives us hope and sets an example for all members of our community, both young and old, to get involved,” Rodriguez said.
“They realize the importance of paying it forward,” she added.