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Special Stars, INC NFP of Montgomery is opening a new gym Nov. 17 designed to include children of all abilities.

Special Stars was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to add a sensory gym to the facility inside Stephanie's Academy of Dance, 2230 Cornell Ave in Montgomery. .

A ribbon cutting is set for Sunday Nov. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. The public is invited.

The sensory gym helps children acclimate to new stimuli and helps foster independence. The gym includes swings, ball pits, zip-lines, monkey bars, rock walls and play structures.

Additional equipment for the gym was purchased from donations by the Seidelman Scharbert Memorial Foundation Fund, Annette Sanders and Tom David. Fun Factory Sensory Gyms designed and installed the new gym.