Sensory-Friendly ‘Shopping’ for Students with Special Needs

December 13, 2021

Inside the school gym, holiday music is played at a low volume. A series of tables are packed with gift items. Gift wrapping stations are spread out at the opposite end of the room. Festive décor is strewn about along with a banner announcing, “Welcome to the Holiday Bazaar.”

Every year Green Chimneys’ recreation department hosts the annual Holiday Bazaar. It is organized with great care and intention. Unlike the kinetic energy that can easily be found at shopping malls and large stores, the atmosphere provided here is more conducive to Green Chimneys School students, children with special needs. The tradition continued last week as students “shopped” for gifts for loved ones. (Students shop for free!) Staggered schedules, ample space, and calm created the right environment for children to review their options, make selections, and wrap gifts. Staff was on hand to help students work through their lists.

An extra bright bazaar thanks to Pretium employees.

And much like in years past, Pretium’s support made the event possible! Thanks to the employees of Pretium, the bazaar featured a grand assortment of modest gift items. From sending actual gifts to providing monetary aid, Pretium has supported the Holiday Bazaar for four consecutive years.

Partners in helping children with special needs experience the joy of giving.

“The Holiday Bazaar allows our children to experience the act of giving,” explains Associate Executive Director of Development Kristin Dionne. “It’s a tradition that requires coordination, but the rewards for our students are great. And we couldn’t be more grateful to Pretium for supporting such an important part of our holiday season.”

Explore how your company can make a difference in the lives of Green Chimneys children.

From corporate philanthropy and sponsorships to strategic projects and corporate volunteer days, companies contribute to the strength and vitality of Green Chimneys programs. Discovery how your employer can make a difference in the lives of children and animals. Contact Kristin Dionne via kdionne@greenchimneys.org or 845.279.2995 x330.