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Saratoga Rotary donates resources for Special Education Department

When you go on Rotary humanitarian trips, you get to see first-hand the magic of how The Rotary Foundation can impact lives around the world.

Rotary Club of Saratoga has helped the communities around the world in the areas of basic education and literacy, disease prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food insecurity. The recent beneficiaries were schools in Santa Clara County – Franklin McKinley, Oak Grove, Morgan Hill, and Sunnyvale School Districts. Their students with special needs received a clear and immediate benefit from the project.

This project, spearheaded by Saratoga Rotary, specifically benefits students with disabilities including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as students with anxiety and trauma. This project supports professional development for teachers around addressing the learning, self-regulation, and sensorimotor needs of students and purchases materials that address their identified special learning needs. The project was developed with trained personnel in the school districts and includes a training curriculum for special education teachers and occupational therapists. It also provides teaching and learning materials, kits for Occupational Therapists in the four districts, sensorimotor and self-regulation materials for the Sensorimotor Room at McKinley School in San Jose. The grant will also enable 50 Franklin McKinley families to check out sensory kits for home use.

The grant has provided the Sunnyvale School District with over $5,400 in materials and trained six Occupational Therapists.

This grant has been made possible with additional support from the Rotary clubs of Cupertino, Silicon Andhra, Bangalore West (India), Guadalajara (Mexico), and individual contributions from Rotarians in Suzhou (China).

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Submitted by Sangita Seshadri, President, Rotary Club of Saratoga on behalf of the members of the club and partners.

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