A generous donation from a local organization has improved the instructional resources available to severe special needs students at James Madison Elementary School. A $3,000 donation from the Liars Club of Sheboygan was used, in part, to purchase a new range and microwave for the special education department.
An important part of teaching students with special needs is focusing on life skills. James Madison’s special education department (CDS, Autism, Kidship) has over 40 students who engage in a functional, life skills-based education. With the new kitchen appliances, teachers can use cooking projects to promote following directions, applying skills in real life situations, and using math/measurement. Cooking projects also provide a product that reinforces skills being taught.
The Autism Unit is an 11 month program. Teachers and students will use the new range and microwave to prepare their own lunches when the central kitchen is closed in the summer months. The remaining funds will be used to purchase additional items that will help the special needs students.
On Saturday, January 14, 2012 Mark Mand, President and Shawn Jackson, Treasurer of the “Liars Club” met with Mrs. Jamie Schlueter, Madison School Autism Teacher, and Matt Driscoll, James Madison School Principal at Bitter Neumann Appliance Center to choose the kitchen range and microwave for the school.
Pictured from Left to Right:
Principal, Matt Driscoll; Teacher Jamie Schlueter, Shawn Jackson & Mark Mand of the Liars Club