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VFW Post 4066 invests over $95,000 to Cleveland County autism program

posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:49 AM by Cleveland County Schools   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 11:25 AM by Greg Shull ]
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #4066 began raising funds to support the SAIL (Social and Academic Instruction for Life) program four years ago and just contributed another $43,625 - a record high for their annual goal. 

“I just want to thank God that we can do something for the children of Cleveland County,” said Post #4066 Commander Gene Ramsey. 

These funds were sent to the CCS Educational Foundation to be used throughout Cleveland County Schools to provide training and student support. Such includes field trips, science kits, hands-on sensory objects, books, social-skills support materials, and more. 

“At the high school level we offer student scholarships for camps and college trips as well as professional development and training for teachers to keep improving the use of evidence-based practices,” said Shelby High Teacher Rachel Bye.

This year’s check was presented to Exceptional Children’s Director Dr. Nellie Aspel and Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher along with a variety of staff, parents, and students on the front lawn of CCS Central Services. Attending teachers and students expressed their gratitude by presenting hand-crafted cards and paintings as well as a poem written and read by one of the students in the program.

“It feels so good to have community support behind what we do on a daily basis,” said Marion Elementary SAIL Teacher Becky Seidel.

Thanks to their steadfast commitment, the VFW post has now raised nearly $100,000 for the SAIL students of Cleveland County.

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