Oshkosh, WI – A few lucky students in the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) are the proud new owners of iPads, thanks to an incredible partnership between the District and the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club. Funds for the iPads were raised by the Club through the Wisconsin Upper Michigan Kiwanis Autism Project, which provides iPads for children on the autism spectrum. As a result of its generous fundraising initiatives this year, Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis was able to provide iPads to 14 Oshkosh students. Students also received a $100 iTunes gift card, and a protective case and shield for their new device.

“Kiwanis is all about the children,” explained Dave Applegate and Colleen Harvot, Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis members who were able to present the iPads to students and families. “This is just one way that we are able to give back and make a difference in the Oshkosh community and we are honored to do so!”

Special education staff in the District helped complete grant applications for students, with the understanding that an iPad at home can make a world of difference. iPads are incredible tools for children on the autism spectrum because they are adaptable and accessible. From communicating wants and needs to learning language and math to calming behavior, an iPad can transform a child’s ability to interact with the world around them.

“We are so excited for these students and families,” stated Claire Habeck, an assistive technology specialist in the Oshkosh Area School District. “Our teaching staff use similar devices to help engage students in the classroom and having this access while at home is a game-changer for the students and their entire family.”

The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to meeting the unique needs of all learners and provides a wide range of education opportunities for students (ages 3 through 21). Some students have varied academic, social, or emotional needs that are served through a variety of special education programs.

“Our incredible Special Education team works collaboratively with students and families to provide access to the resources that will ensure academic, social, emotional, and physical growth in order for students to reach their fullest potential,” stated Linda Pierron, OASD Director of Special Education. “The ultimate goal is to see students as independent and productive citizens, leading fulfilled lives.”

The Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis is a local organization of men and women dedicated to serving the children and young people of Oshkosh, as well as supporting initiatives by Kiwanis International that help children throughout the nation and the world. New members are always welcome! To learn more about the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis or the Kiwanis Autism Project visit www.oshkoshkiwanis.org.  

About the OASD: Building community through education. The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools, and an eAcademy. For more information, visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.