Southern Ohio Learning Center gets grant from MHRS

By Diana Miller - For The News Journal

WILMINGTON — The Southern Ohio Learning Center recently announced that it is the recipient of a $10,000 mini grant from the Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties.

The grant will allow the Southern Ohio Learning Center to purchase indoor and outdoor recreational equipment and the materials and equipment necessary to develop a sensory room to assist students with unique learning needs.

Working in part with the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, Blanchester and East Clinton Local and Wilmington City Schools, the learning center opened its doors in August serving students with disabilities and unique learning needs. The center employs a highly trained and sensitive staff whose goal is committed to nurturing and providing students with the necessary skills to successfully transition into the least restrictive environment, both socially and educationally.

Students participating in this program will see improvement in communication skills and their ability to hand daily situations with independence and confidence.

Teamwork, effective leadership, and mutual support allow the staff to share resources and design programs and services that creates an environment where all students can experience positive learning opportunities.

Having just completed its first semester of instruction, SOLC Director Bennie Trail says he is pleased with the progress made in the classroom and the individualized instruction students have received.

“It’s been a busy semester,” said Trail, “and there have been a lot of activities where students have found success. The Mental Health and Recovery grant will provide a vital source of resources and enable the learning center to provide a high quality program for its students.

Looking to the future, Trail believes the addition of the recreational equipment and the sensory room will further empower the staff to provide even more opportunities and resources to allow students to grow and develop both socially and academically.

Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.

By Diana Miller

For The News Journal