Kind-hearted Pool Academy student donates handmade sensory board

A kind-hearted Pool Academy student has donated a handmade sensory board to youngsters after hours of hard work.

Leona, Pool Academy’s head girl, has been working for months on the board which she has designed to help children at Lower Curnow School, in Illogan.

The board has been created with features on it intended to help learning via sound, touch and sight. The 16-year-old has used a variety of textures and added an abacus and alphabet on it.

Leona said her sister, who attends Curnow School in Redruth, was her inspiration to make the item. It was for a project for her Resistant Materials class at Pool Academy.

She enjoyed creating the piece and was happy to hand it over for the children to use.

“I wanted to make something to help my sister,” she said.

“I made a mini one for her and then I spoke to Curnow School to make a bigger one.

“I asked the school if it was ok to come and take the measurements and they said yes.

“They were happy that I donated it to them.”

Leona said she spent a while collecting all the different materials to place on the board and her Gran donated the buttons.

She said: “It was a lot of fun to make and I had to do a lot of trialling and testing.

“I am excited about handing it over to the school.”

Leona’s mother said she was proud of her daughter’s generosity: “She wanted to donate it to the school.

“This was an idea she came up with all by herself.”

Gina Briggs, Headteacher at Lower Curnow School, said: “We are very grateful for the project and for Leona thinking about our pupils. She is very caring.”