Glen Price is all smiles as he gets thank you cards from students Rya Slate (yellow dress) and Jessa Luttrell. One of the moms, Courtni Hall looks on in the background while speech pathologist Nancy Bowes helps.
Glen Price is all smiles as he gets thank you cards from students Rya Slate (yellow dress) and Jessa Luttrell. One of the moms, Courtni Hall looks on in the background while speech pathologist Nancy Bowes helps.
Life Skills and Special Education teacher Cyndi Cooper and Transition and Special Education teacher Molly Warren, were excited to share the special education class getting 10 iPads from Price Excavating this week. A celebration was held at Hose Elementary in the Life Skills classroom. The tone in the room was that of pure joy and excitement. Excitement of each child having fun learning and interacting on their new I-pad as well as joy in each teacher, visiting adult and the folks from Price excavating.
“The iPads were donated to our special needs department so that the kids can use them as communication devices, and also so they can do our new literacy program and our assessments,” Hose Principal, Carol Stalin said. “Donnie Jessie was instrumental this summer in the golf scramble (fundraiser). He connected with Price Excavating, that's who purchased these for us,” she added.
Jessie was a teacher’s aide at Hose in 2010. He has been a special needs caregiver for more than 10 years. Jessie, along with his friend Greg Miller founded Autistic Rhythm in 2015 in hopes of raising autism awareness and create acceptance in and around the surrounding county. Autistic Rhythm Inc. is a non-profit organization.
“We've had a golf scramble for four years and the money that we raise goes to non-traditional teaching tools and supplies,” Jessie said. “Glen (Price) had asked me how much money I was raising and I told him about $1,800. He asked if that was getting me what we need and I replied no.” Jessie explained that every penny raised is not only appreciated but goes to helping the teachers and the kids. “The need is significant”, he said.
After Price asked how he could help, Jessie went straight to Special Education teacher, Mrs. Cooper and asked what the kids needed.
“I went back to Glenn and he stepped up to help cover iPads for the class,” Jessie said, clearly touched by the generous gift.
“I've been following Donnie Jesse with his fundraisers for his Autism golf scramble,” Price, of Price Excavating, said. “I've played in it for years. I've known Donnie for years as well and after repetitive years and seeing his commitment and how important this was to him, I started to get more involved, more interested in the situation.”
Price humbly pointed out classroom teacher and the Autistic Rhythm founder saying, “Mrs. Cooper and Mr. Jessie here . . . I mean, they're all in. They're committed to helping these kids. There's no doubt.
“At Price Excavating, we definitely like to donate locally because we're a local-owned business . . . especially to the kids in the community, people who actually need it. That's important to us,” Price explained.
“I'm a sucker for the kids,” he laughed.
It was touching to watch as one by one children came to give Price their 'thanks' with homemade thank you cards. The excitement and appreciation was undeniable.
“Seeing this today, seeing how attentive they are into these things . . . it's worth every penny,” Price said. We will definitely be involved in the future.”
“This is awesome for these kids,” speech pathologist Nancy Bowes said. She explained how some of the children have trouble communicating and the iPads will aid significantly.
Life skills co-op class includes North Montgomery, South Montgomery and Crawfordsville students.