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Summit ESC’s TALK Program Receives GPD Foundation Grant

Posted: 3/30/2017

Summit Educational Service Center’s (ESC) TALK program was recently awarded a grant from the GPD Foundation for its Hear, Talk, Learn Expanded project.

The program will receive $6,951 to be used immediately. Dollars will also be used for equipment and training for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a continuation of the grant dollars that were received from the Foundation last year.

Summit ESC’s Director of Student Services Kristin Fazio, Audiologist Carrie Spangler and Student Service Coordinator Kristen Nowak submitted the application to receive the grant.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to the GPD Foundation,” said Fazio. “Through the Foundation’s support, we have been able to provide optimal supports and services to students with hearing loss in our region.”

The grant dollars will allow the program to continue maximizing auditory access for children with hearing loss in the Summit County region through hearing technology and specialized professional learning. This will provide the students with hearing loss increased access to listening and spoken language. Additionally, it will allow the program to expand the number of students who are served.

The TALK program’s staff members will also be able to expand their knowledge through professional learning opportunities.

“Congratulations Kristin, Carrie and Kristen on receiving the GPD Foundation’s grant for the second year in a row,” said Superintendent Joe Iacano. “This is a tremendous success for the TALK program to be able to expand its services to reach more students. It’s our goal to provide students with the learning experiences they need to succeed. Additionally, by providing the program’s staff members with professional learning opportunities, we are able to remain proactive in delivering what our districts’ students need.”

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