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We Did It! SEPTA Donated14 iPads to SCPS on November 3, 2014

On November 3rd, 2014, SEPTA awarded 14 iPad Minis to Stafford County Public School (SCPS) Special Education (SPED) teachers. Our organization raised almost 3K for technology to benefit special needs children in SCPS SPED programs. Our PTA determined this goal by surveying over 140 SPED teachers & staff in collaboration with Student Services in the Spring of 2014.

SEPTA’s Music Benefit Drove the Fundraising!

We held our 1st Music Benefit on June 5th, 2014 and continued to raise funds right before the awards! So we went from thinking we’d only be able to donate 11 iPads to 14! Below are pictures from the awards event. Each teacher not only received iPad Minis but also received teacher appreciation certificates and iPad Mini cases.

The Application Process

The SPED teachers were among 45 applicants who applied through an internal application process driven by a Stafford County Public Schools Student Services committee. Based upon the ranking and rating of the applicants, seventeen SPED teachers (3 of which co-teach a classroom) were selected as recipients of the iPad minis. Thirteen of the seventeen awardees attended the event and briefly stated how they would utilize the technology to assist their special needs students in the classroom. SEPTA will follow up with these teachers to see how the technology has improved the classroom experience.

The following organizations/individuals donated to the fund:

  1. Carrie Fleming, Fleming Therapy Services
  2. Aquia Evening Lions
  3. Host Lions
  4. Ozzy Ramos, Home of Miracles and Embraces
  5. Leslie Wilkinson
  6. Rona Whinsleton
  7. Ronald Fetherson
  8. Mike Shepherd

We started the fundraiser online and sold over $350 in raffle tickets! We also received a few cash donations at the event! Over 40 local merchants donated gifts towards Raffle drawings during the Music Benefit.

We are very proud of our SEPTA and this big accomplishment.

SEPTA Awards 14 iPad Minis to SCPS Special Education Teachers

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Dali Burgado
President, Stafford County Special Education PTA
Phone: 703-200-8515

Stafford County SEPTA Awards 14 iPads to Special Education Teachers

Stafford, VA – November, 3, 2014

SEPTA Stafford County Special Education PTAThe Stafford County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is awarding 14 Special Education Teachers with iPad Minis on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm at the Stafford Hospital Center Conference Room. The SEPTA held a Music Benefit in June this year and sought donations over the last several months from the local Stafford community raising enough to donate the technology for our Special Education classrooms.

The SEPTA wanted to contribute to the community in a meaningful way and build a stronger bridge between parents, teachers, educators, and our special needs students. Over 40 local merchants as well as local community organizations donated money and time for this cause.

About SEPTA (Mission):

The Stafford Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) exists to promote the welfare of students who are differently abled, in home, school, and community; to raise the standards of school and home life and to secure adequate laws for the care, protection and equal education of students with differing abilities. SEPTA strives to bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may collaborate in the education of students who are differently abled, to support them in becoming confident, competent and successful individuals, who are prepared for further education, employment, and independent living.

Event Details

Who: Stafford County Special Education PTA

What: Teacher Appreciation & iPad Awards Reception

Where: Stafford Hospital Center Conference Room (Basement)

When: Monday, November 3, 2014

For more information the media can contact the event organizer direct at 703-200-8515.

SEPTA members, Parents of students with special needs in Stafford County, School Boar Members, Teachers, and administrators will be present at the event. This event is open to the general public and perspective members.




Raffle Sales Open Online for Music Benefit

We are pre-selling raffle tickets for the Music Benefit!

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SEPTA Music Benefit Flyer

SEPTA Music Benefit Flyer