Grant buys iPads for students with disabilities

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Messenger photo by Linda Dillman Jefferson Local School Board President David Harper (far left), along with high school teacher Kristen Forrest and Superintendent William Mullett, accept a donation for classroom iPads from Target Corp. representatives (left to right, from center) Kathryn Armstrong, Shannon Thomas, Stacey Gellner and Bill Botz.
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Jefferson Local School Board President David Harper (far left), along with high school teacher Kristen Forrest and Superintendent William Mullett, accept a donation for classroom iPads from Target Corp. representatives (left to right, from center) Kathryn Armstrong, Shannon Thomas, Stacey Gellner and Bill Botz.

(Posted Nov. 11, 2015)

By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer 

Middle and high school students in West Jefferson multiple disabilities classes no longer need to share electronic tablets, thanks to a donation from Target Corp.

Technology coordinator Curt Dennis wrote a grant request that resulted in $2,120 to purchase nine refurbished Apple iPads with heavy-duty cases.

“It’s important to have those devices in the classrooms,” said Dennis. “Target was gracious enough to fund that.”

According to high school special education teacher Kristen Forrest, her nine students have been sharing two electronic tablets for communication and education purposes.

“Some of my students have difficulty speaking,” Forrest reported at the Nov. 9 school board meeting. “It also keeps them engaged and active in the classroom and it’s great to have one for every student.”

Forrest said the iPads are easier for her students to master than other devices used in the district. They also lessen her reliance on paper handouts.

“We’ll use them as individual communication devices and, instead of handouts, what I do on the board they’ll see on their screens,” she said. “With all of the different applications, not only will it help academically, it will help with their fine motor skills.”

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