An annual night of merriment has become a blessing for Madonna students with sensory processing disorders.
The Pilot Club of Omaha began an annual Trivia Night in 2014 to raise funds for causes chosen by club members. It is a fun and rather crazy event with 8 people to a table. Each table brings their own food, drinks and themed decorations. Tables compete with each other for top prize along with several "silly" awards given by the host club. There are many door prizes given throughout the evening, a dessert auction, and a raffle with many wonderful donated items.
Madonna school was the club's first choice to aid in developing a Sensory Integration room for the students who need the sensory breaks and/or stimulation. Trivia Night was held in March 2014 and 2 of the 10 tables were supported by Madonna staff/parents/friends. The first year a check for $1200 was donated to start the process. However, in order to develop a decent sensory room, more equipment was needed. Pilot Club of Omaha applied for a matching grant from Pilot International. They received the grant and a second Trivia Night in 2015 was held for Madonna. There were 3 out of 10 Madonna supported tables and they sure were enthusiastic participants during the evening! With the Trivia night proceeds, a check for $3200 was presented to Madonna School to continue developing the sensory room.
Pilot club cleaned the room and carpets, painted the walls and school staff began to order equipment. At the beginning of the school year, an occupational therapist gave the staff an in-service on the uses of the equipment. Some of the items can be checked out and used in a classroom, however, much of it stays in the room. Students come in as needed. Madonna received a grant to support a part time Occupational Therapist to join the staff and provide ongoing observation of students and instruction to staff regarding use of the room and equipment. The Pilot Club of Omaha was thrilled to know that the process they helped expand is continuing its growth for the benefit of all the students with special needs.