New Hope-Solebury Lights Up Learning With Innovative Project

Learn about a custom-built LiteBrite wall that melds sensory exploration with academic learning.

Students using the new LiteBrite wall.
Credit: New Hope-Solebury School District

A once ordinary elementary school hallway at New Hope-Solebury School District’s Lower Elementary School has transformed into a vibrant corridor of color and light, thanks to a new custom-built LiteBrite wall that mixes sensory exploration with academic learning for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Lower Elementary Principal Dr. Jennifer Bloom, along with a team of teachers, spearheaded the project to replace traditional bulletin boards with an interactive learning tool.

The innovative idea was driven by the insights of Special Education Teacher Michelle Reynolds, who specializes in applied educational neuroscience.

According to the district, Reynolds envisioned a learning space that not only fostered creativity and problem-solving but also provided a soothing outlet for students needing to regulate their emotions through rhythmic, repetitive activities.

Reynolds drew inspiration from observing her kindergarten-aged son.

Credit: New Hope-Solebury School District

The creation of the LiteBrite wall was a collaborative effort involving students and faculty from across the district.

New Hope-Solebury High School students from the newly renovated STEAM wing played a pivotal role.

Under the oversight of STEAM instructors Richard Curtis and Craig Balmer, the students utilized tools to design and construct the wall.

“This project was the exact type of collaboration I had in mind when we were designing the STEAM Lab. I want these students to think big, bold, and push into heights that leave people dumbfounded, knowing we were able to bring someone’s dream to life at such a large scale,” said Curtis.

The New Hope-Solebury School District administration offices. File photo.

The project, which reutilized discarded electronics and LED panels, was completed with a budget of just $1,500—far below the estimated value of $8,000.

Since its installation, the LiteBrite wall has become a central feature in the school, engaging students not just as a sensory tool but also as an educational resource. Teachers have integrated the wall into lessons ranging from mathematics to phonics, emphasizing collaboration and critical thinking.

“It’s truly exciting to collaborate on creating an intentional space that enhances the learning experience for all of our students throughout the day,” said Reynolds.

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