New gym coming to school for autism

Thanks to the generosity of a local charity, a local school for autistic children will soon have new gym space for the youngsters to use.

Representatives with Ronald McDonald House presented a $5,000 dollar check on Monday to the Potential Development Program in Youngstown.

The money will help pay to install new rubberized flooring in a part of the building that’s being converted into a gymnasium.

“We had taken our former gym and turned it into additional classrooms because we were running out of space,” said Shelley Duchek, development officer. “We know that gym time is very important, so many groups have come together to make this project possible.”

Potential Development provides schooling for about 65 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

The newly refurbished gym should be complete by the start of classes next month.

Potential Development will also launch a new high school program this year. Along with standard academic curriculum, life skills will be the main focus at the new school at 2405 Market St. in Youngstown. Space inside the 30,000 square foot building will be renovated with day-to-day living in mind.



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