Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV

Making a Difference in Education

2nd Annual Gale Cox Memorial Service Learning Award Winner

Friends and family of Gale Cox, in participation with the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV Special Education Department, are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Gale Cox Memorial Service Learning Award Winner.  Gale Cox began her work for the IU on August 30, 1990, continuing for 19 years, until May 28, 2009.  After a life of service to others, Gale passed away on December 19, 2014.  The purpose of this award is to continue the spirit of service to others, to which Gale dedicated her life. 
 
Ms. Janet Leise and her classroom of students with multiple disabilities was selected for this year's service learning project in the community.  The focus of their project was to benefit children who are local patients at Butler Memorial Hospital and those in our Early Intervention program who have a serious illness or may be terminally ill.
 
Ms. Leise formed a partnership with three of Butler High School's special education teachers; Mrs. Brunner, Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Moser.  Together, the  students from these classrooms designed and created 111 super hero capes for the children to wear while they are hospitalized or receiving treatments.  
 
On March 16th,  Ms. Leise, along with her IU classroom staff, Ms. Arlene Singer and Ms. Debbie Elliott held a program in their classroom where they had the students explain their journey creating these capes.  The students then donated to representatives from Butler Memorial Hospital and Jan Ferrerra, who represented Midwestern Early Intervention Program.
 
The students all enjoyed an ice cream social to celebrate their hard work in completing this project.   Congratulations again to Ms. Leise and all involved with this project to celebrate the courage of those who are chronically ill with cancer or other debilitating illnesses. 
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