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One Class at a Time: Mrs. Martin

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Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 12:09 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - “Oh my gosh, this is amazing, I never dreamed”

Those words, coming from the enthusiastic Ms. Martin at Easterseals Learning Academy in Germantown Hills.

“Obviously, the first year when you open a school it’s oh my goodness, what have we done. The growth that the programs have, the different classrooms, we’ve gone from three to five classrooms now.”

Five years later, she says kids who may have struggled in previous programs, are now learning special skills needed for the real world.

“Now they are effectively able to communicate, which leads to fewer meltdowns, few frustrations. Just those ah-ha moments and you prove to the kids themselves, yes you can do this.”

Mrs. Martin says the money will help obtain special tools for students to develop their abilities.

“We are working on a task box library, and all the little pieces and the parts that go into that add up.”

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