Construction on the room is already started, and it will include features such as a rubber floor, playground and therapy equipment, said McHenry physical education teacher Penny Pryor, who has been organizing fundraising efforts for the therapy facility to benefit the schools special needs children for the last 2½ years.
The school hopes to have the room completed around the beginning of 2007.
Next Friday at 10:30 a.m., State Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, will present the school with a $75,000 state local assistance grant. He applied for the grant from the state budget with the help of Pryor.
Smith said the school has Pryor to thank.
She deserves all the credit," Smith said. "She has been unrelenting in trying to get the funding for the kids. Im very proud of her and very excited for the kids."
The school is getting ready to host Smith and county Board of Education representatives at its celebration next Friday, said Principal Jenni Cunningham.
"We're equally excited about the new facility," she said. "Theyve broken ground, and the walls are actually going up. We're excited about the many years of use it will offer our children."