Boyscout’s Bright Idea for School Sensory Room Takes Flight

When brainstorming project ideas to achieve his Eagle Scout rank (the highest rank in Boy Scouting), Blake Deaton looked to his twin brother, Shane, for inspiration. To fill a need of providing a healthy space for kids with Autism at his school, the fourteen-year old boy scout seeks to implement a sensory room. For the students at Morehead Middle School, the outlet will feature special lighting, padded floors and walls, as well as therapeutic toys and activities.wings-autism-1-435

Blake and Shane were born at just 24 weeks, and weighed 1.4 and 1.9 pounds. Though both survived, there were complications. Shane developed blindness and was diagnosed with Autism.

When delving into the process of constructing the sensor room, a hefty price tag caused Deaton to launch a recent fundraiser at a local airfield, offering $25 airplane rides, a variety of baked goods, and other treats to raise money for his meaningful project. The ambitious teen’s efforts raised $20,000 towards his project. Blake shares his excitement with Carolina Coast Online: “We have a great turnout. More people than I expected showed up. The whole project is larger than I expected it to be.” The fundraiser has gained Blake an immense amount of support from the local and national Autism community.

Shane’s Special Needs teacher at Morehead Middle School Savanna Hersh shared her enthusiasm and support: “This is truly beautiful, amazing, and inspirational…It drives my inspiration for these students.”

To find out more about Blake’s project, and keep up with his process and progress, check out the Facebook page here.

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