Teachers explain special needs program at Rotary

By Daniel Brunty

The Winston County Journal


Rotarians were given knowledge of a great program to help special needs children during the regular meeting of the Louisville Rotary Club this past Wednesday at Lake Tiak O’Khata.

Rotarian Jason Cagle presented the program as he brought two special guests from the school district to explain what they do for the children. Development Delayed Program teachers Equilla Miller and Melinda Fuller were on hand to give the Rotarians a brief summary of what their program does. Both teach at Noxapater Attendance Center.

The program has children from ages 3-4 years old, and is federally funded. They first informed the audience that they would be relocating their program to Fair Elementary in the near future. The focus of the class is to build up students’ language, and this is accomplished using numerous activities and techniques to reach their goal. They also explained the activities that are done on a day-to-day basis.

They also explained how they use today’s technology, such as smart boards and laptops, to incorporate different websites to learn. They also play educational games using these devices to further their learning.

The program also incorporates a speech teacher who visits twice a week to help the students. Most children that attend the class have speech issues. Special activities that are done in this program include trips to the library, places to run and do physical activities (some students have physical development issues), and field trips.

Testing is done beforehand to determine if a child needs to attend the classes. Sometimes a child is recommended by a doctor, due to some specific physically issue. Children who are in early intervention are always tested for this class.

Both women expressed their satisfaction about the program, and the amazing progress they see daily while working with these special young people.

The Rotarians thanked both women for their service to the community as well as taking the time out to come speak.

The Rotary Club of Louisville hosts weekly speakers every Wednesday at noon in Lake Tiak O’Khata. For more information you may contact a local Rotarian about attending an event and/or membership.

The Rotary Club motto is Service above Self.

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Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


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Melinda Fuller and Equilla Miller talk to the Rotary Club Members

Melinda Fuller and Equilla Miller talk to the Rotary Club Members