by S. Purdom
Photos (1): A special thank you was made for Jill Seavers at Creative Canvas
(2) (from left) Rusty Back, CIO Murray Independent School District, Dr. Ron Cella, chair, Foundation for Excellence, Lou Carter, MMS principal, Sandra Wardwell and Jill Seavers
Donation and Fundraiser Purchases iPads for Murray Middle School
Murray, Ky., May 15---A collaborative fund-raising effort between a Murray business owner and a Murray Middle School parent raised $1,700 to purchase iPads for special needs students at Murray Middle School.
Sandra Wardwell, a parent of a Murray Middle School student, and her sister-in-law, Jill Seavers, owner of a Creative Canvas, located on Murray’s court square, joined together to raise the funding to purchase three iPads for Murray Middle School. “It is so important for children to have a voice and through these iPads applications, non-verbal students are able to use a device that enables them to communicate with one another and have a voice. The more communication these children have will in turn make them feel much better about themselves,” Wardwell said.
Wardwell was able to collect $800 from family and friends to support her project and Seavers joined in by hosting two events at her art-canvas studio. Seavers offered two art painting sessions during weekend Saturday sessions, from noon to 2 p.m., and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
During this time Seavers provided art lessons to patrons and they painted their canvases, while their initial painting fee was ear-marked for this special iPad fundraising initiative. “Basically, everyone painted what they wanted and it was a heart-felt endeavor when it was explained the funding from these sessions were going towards the funding to purchase iPads for special needs students at Murray Middle School.”
A $1,700 donation was made to the Foundation of Excellence for the purchase of three iPads and related costs. These iPads will provide a a form of communication to be utilized with special needs students, such as non-verbal students. Students will now be able to access applications that offer a method of communication. Additionally, a variety of applications are available to assist non-verbal individuals develop a form of communication and have a voice. "This generous gift initiated by the donors will help develop computer skills among Murray Middle School students. The foundation is glad to have had the opportunity to administer four such grants this year." said Dr. Ron Cella, chair Foundation of Excellence.
Wardwell said she and Seavers hope to host other fund-raising initiatives of this type in the near future. The iPads are on order and will be presented to students this fall to begin using inside the classroom during the 2013-2014 academic school year.