Supports for the Caledonia Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team - District Schools - $2107
These Barbara Gall grant funds purchased 2 iPads, an iPad Mini and software that will be used with ASD and non-verbal students to assist in improving communication using the touch screen. In order for alternative communication to be successful, an adult or peer should model using the method to communicate with the student. Thus the need for multiple iPads that will help determine the student's needs and assist in setting up a customized program for that student.
Language Links - Duncan Lake Early Childhood Center - $700
Language Link bags will be used to share ideas, strategies and teaching tools with families. Bags including games and activities as well as a picture book will be available for parents to check out to help target a skill area that is specific to their child. Teachers will provide instructions as well as additional fun and engaging strategies along with the bags to help improve speech and language skills.
Caledonia Pipes and Drums – Caledonia High School - $1000
This grant will purchased a bagpipe and accessories for the recently formed musical ensemble made up of Caledonia students, staff and community members. The group is committed to learning and then performing the bagpipes and Scottish drums at various school, community and ceremonial events.
The Livescribe Pen – Duncan Lake Middle School - $392
A grant was awarded to purchase two Livescribe Pens for use in all 6th grade math classes. During a lesson, the pens not only record all of the teacher’s pen strokes on special paper but also the live audio spoken by the teacher as she writes. Once the teacher is finished, she can then import all of the written and audio material onto her computer and send out to students/parents via email or post on her website. This will allow parents and students to view and use the various math applications while doing homework.
Middle School Graphic Novels – Duncan Lake Middle School - $1000
This Barbara Gall Language Arts grant funded the purchase of 100 new graphic novels for the students to access in the library. These novels are also known as “gateway” books that entice students who struggle with or do not enjoy reading. The books purchased will cover a range of subjects including science and math concepts as well as language arts.
One Book, One School – Dutton Elementary - $1290
This Barbara Gall Language Arts grant purchased 100 copies of the book, “I’m a Michigan Kid” by Gary Bower for Dutton Elementary students to use in a reading program. The books introduced readers to beautiful illustrations of Michigan travel destinations as well as quality poetry. The author gave two presentations during Reading Month in March. Students had access to a copy of the book to engage in a read aloud with three different individuals as well as created an artistic/literary project using the book’s content.
Program for Cognitively Impaired – Caledonia High School - $690
Funds were granted to cover the costs of teaching daily living skills, community involvement, and vocational and social skills to students involved in this program. Areas of focus for the program include aspects of performing a job, locating products and prices in stores, using menus and ordering food, preparing simple and complete meals, and acting independently and appropriately in the community. The grant allowed students to take field trips and buy food for cooking projects.
iPad for Early Childhood Program - Duncan Lake Early Childhood Center - $800.00
In the Early Childhood classrooms, iPads are being used to promote engagement, participation, and communication. Because the iPad applications are highly engaging for all students, they are a great tool for students with Autism to use with their peers. While playing with a peer, there are many opportunities to request a turn, comment on what happened in the game, or to ask questions. The iPad has also serves as a wonderful tool for using video modeling with the students. Video modeling provides the student with autism a correct model of how to carry out a task or complete a sequence in a play script. Students watch this model and then carry it over to their own tasks and play. It is wonderful to have a tool which is so versatile and mobile to use throughout the day and across environments.