SEPTA Faculty Grants Expand Programs

Certified Music Therapist Lauren Klimek, keeps our students attention and has them all participating.
Certified Music Therapist Lauren Klimek, keeps our students attention and has them all participating.
Our students are offered many new experiences that support and expand their education. Thank you to SEPTA for this opportunity!
Our students are offered many new experiences that support and expand their education. Thank you to SEPTA for this opportunity!
SEPTA’s generous support helps to enhance and support the educational experience for students with special needs.
SEPTA’s generous support helps to enhance and support the educational experience for students with special needs.
The creation of Sensory Safari: An Indoor Outdoor Sensory Path for Students allows for all of Countrywood student to enjoy this fun environment.
The creation of Sensory Safari: An Indoor Outdoor Sensory Path for Students allows for all of Countrywood student to enjoy this fun environment.
The Big Book Center is very popular and enhances learning for struggling readers.
The Big Book Center is very popular and enhances learning for struggling readers.

The South Huntington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) awarded grants to fund five projects across the district this past March.  SEPTA Faculty Grants provide funding for creative programs, equipment or pilot projects that enhance and support the educational experience for students with special needs. These grants are intended to allow general and special education teachers, specialists, therapists and administrators to undertake new projects that they would otherwise be unable to pursue or to pursue projects to a greater extent than they otherwise could. Any SHUFSD teacher, therapist, specialist, or administrator who is an active SEPTA member and is serving students with special needs can apply.

Our first highlight is from Countrywood where Grants found their way to several projects. Danielle Commander, a Special Education Teacher used her grant towards Music Therapy Classes. Funds were used to bring in a certified music therapist to her self-contained classroom. Other grants to Countrywood include an Indoor Outdoor Sensory Path for Students. The Committee, lead by Allison Clancy, Mitch Levy, and Jessica Barbato, used these funds toward the purchase of materials for an integrated sensory environment to help students with self-regulation. Also at Countrywood, Allison Clancy, a Reading Specialist put her SEPTA Grant towards a Hands-on Reading Center. Funds were used to purchase and create a Big Book Center and enhance learning for struggling readers.

SEPTA is a district-wide PTA whose primary role is to provide resources and support to parents, teachers, and children who receive special education services. We can’t thank SEPTA enough for all the hard work they do on behalf of our school community.

For more information about South Huntington SEPTA, visit the SEPTA e-board on the district website http://www.shufsd.org (click Parents, then SEPTA), the SH SEPTA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SHSEPTA or write to shsepta@gmail.com