Char-Em ISD Early On services received $8,000 in GEER (Governor’s Emergency Education Relief) funding to purchase technology, equipment and materials in an effort to support families accessing Early On services remotely. Items purchased included:
- iPads with WIFI capability
- Tripods and iPad stands
- Specialized items such as: peanut balls, weighted lap pads, Bilibo seats, sensory chew tools
- Developmental materials such as: sorters, stackers, puzzles, balls, babies, bubbles, playdough
Early On Coordinator Nicole Lindwall stated, “These materials will support the developmental growth of our 0-3 students as they access services virtually. Parents can work on strategies hands-free with the use of the tripods and iPad stands, while being coached by Early On staff via Zoom or Facetime. The manipulatives and materials delivered to students allows for multiple opportunities to address all areas of development.”
Lindwall noted special thanks for the efforts of Karen Giudice and Chip Coulston in helping prep the supplies to be delivered to families. Giudice helped Lindwall unbox and organize the numerous supplies, and Coulston transported the more than 50 boxes to the Boyne City office for distribution. “I could not have done all this without their amazing help,” Lindwall added. “This is going to be so fun for families. We know they will appreciate the specific strategies to further encourage their child’s development.”
GEER developmental materials will be delivered to Early On students in December and January.
Mandy Peterson, Early On Service Provider, picks up tote bags to deliver to families.
Karen Giudice, Secretary at the Boyne City Office, was instrumental in organizing the numerous supplies.