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:
- Carrie Fleming, Fleming Therapy Services
- Aquia Evening Lions
- Host Lions
- Ozzy Ramos, Home of Miracles and Embraces
- Leslie Wilkinson
- Rona Whinsleton
- Ronald Fetherson
- 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 Back To School Tips
Back to school tips provides the following:
1. Seven very valuable tips
2. Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit
3. Parental Resources (not all inclusive) local and state
4. SEPTA Executive Members
5. Next Scheduled Meetings
I hope everyone finds the information invaluable!!!