Fernan Elementary School teachers wanted computers that would help two classes full of children who can’t walk or talk, plus developmentally disabled preschoolers.
They were told they’d have to wait their turn for technology money from the school district. Instead, six of them spent four months preparing a grant request.
Fernan Principal Pam Pratt announced the results Monday night to the Coeur d’Alene School Board: a $29,000 Albertson Foundation grant.
“Coeur d’Alene will probably have the model special needs-technology classrooms in the state by the end of the year,” Pratt said.
The grant will buy specially equipped desktop and laptop computers, with oversized keyboards and touch-sensitive screens.
As a result, Pratt said, “These students can share what they know and what they want - probably for the first time.”