New Program Provides Comfort to Patients Through Music Students with Special Needs Growing Through Sports F ine arts students across Mansfield ISD are helping hospital patients recover by simply doing what they love. A new music therapy program named Recovery Notes allows the young musicians to perform for patients at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Medical center officials said music can be a good resource to manage pain and anxiety, ultimately playing a significant part in a patient’s recovery. MISD students in musical theatre, choir and band participate in Recovery Notes on Monday evenings. The program is in its infancy, but it has already proven to be a benefit. “The patients really love it and so do the students,” said Brittany Ross, a fine arts teacher at MISD. “We’ve even gotten some really great reactions from the nurses. It really does bring this feeling of joy throughout the entire hallway.” Students who participate in Recovery Notes have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice. Coordinators said the program will continue in the summer months. The students and volunteers have fun socializing between practice runs. M ansfield ISD students with special needs have a way to participate in year-round sports. With the help of staff members and volunteers, Mansfield ISD All-Stars provides children in the special education program sports training and athletic competitions. The students can choose from aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, tennis and track and field. “This allows our students to do an extracurricular activity too,” said Rebecca Poggensee, an MISD adaptive P.E. teacher. “Having this type of program allows our students to interact with other students throughout the district who are similar to them.” Coaches said the excitement on the children’s faces as they push themselves to meet personal goals is the highlight of being a part of the Mansfield ISD All-Stars. The athletes and coaches are currently in the track and field season. The students are assigned to the cardiac telemetry floor. 26 Mansfield School & Family The team will participate at Special Olympics Texas in Arlington on May 24-27, featuring nearly 3,000 athletes from all around the state of Texas.