JP Lord School: How You Can Help
The new J.P. Lord School will be located at 4444 Marinda St. Designed as a 45,000 square-foot building, the new school will sit on 10-acres and have eight classrooms, art, music, and physical education rooms, a library, a multisensory room and an 8- by12-foot hydrotherapy pool donated by the Omaha Volunteers for Handicapped Children. Additional features include a ceiling-mounted lift system to assist staff in transferring students and a covered drop-off canopy to protect students from inclement weather as they arrive and depart school.
The new building will also allow increased interaction between the school’s 64 students and other OPS students. $3.4 million from the 2014 OPS Bond Program and a $6.6 million relocation agreement with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine fund the project. Construction is set to begin in Oct. 2016 with a substantial completion date of May of 2018.
We need your help putting the finishing touches on our amazing new school.
We have commissioned a series of 24-1 foot by 1 foot paintings to be installed in 2 sensory areas. Jeffery Owen Hanson is the artist and he is known nationally. The paintings he is creating for us will be $5,700.00. Each painting is brightly colored, deeply textured and covered with urethane so each can be touched. The paintings will be installed and ready for us in October, before our dedication.
The other special item we want to purchase is a Gesturetek Ground Effects projector system in the sensory gym. This system allows our students to move projected images around on the floor, or on their wheelchair trays. This projector will assist students trying to stretch their shoulders, arms, legs, feet, hands and fingers as they reach and try to touch and manipulate the images. The system with training is around $22,000.00. I know this is a large expense but, it will help the students move fine and gross motor movements and provide the cause and effect to motivate them.
Our new building will be amazing. We will need some help getting the art work and the Gesturetek Ground Effects projector to "put the finishing touches" on our new building. Thank you for making this opportunity possible for our most special students.