Link to Creative Teaching: Provides educational enrichment project opportunities, not funded by districts, to teachers for students with the aim of expanding their knowledge in Reading, Math, Science, Technology, Arts, and Behavioral Modification.
Since 2002, 53,190 students have benefited. In 2017-18 FY, 1,403 students were impacted by 12 projects implemented by their teachers.
"Through the power of sports, team work, and volunteers, Special Olympics transforms the lives of students with intellectual disabilities daily," describes Lindsey Long, Special Education Teacher and Coach at Oxford School District. To help organize a Special Olympics Team, Ms. Long was awarded $1,000 from Assistance League? of Southeastern Michigan's 'Link to Creative Teaching' program. The philanthropic funds also helped purchase equipment and supplies and obtain a State Certification.
Ms. Long's project "Special Olympics Community," affords students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience the thrill and range of emotions associated with participation in organized and competitive sports with official athletics rules, and year-round training. "Most importantly, for the students who participate, their growth is demonstrated in the classroom, the community, and throughout their life," said Ms. Long.
Lindsey Long "Thanks" Assistance League for their support and reports, "The atmosphere at Oxford High School has drastically changed with the attitudes displayed towards the special education athletes since the program started." As one student stated she is no longer depressed and feels she has become part of the school body, which now has a Special Olympics School Team.
Since its inception in 2002, the Link to Creative Teaching Program has provided funding to teachers for special student classroom projects in areas of Reading, Arts, Math, Science, Technology, and Behavioral Modification that are not otherwise possible. Funds may be used to enhance existing curriculum or to develop new projects or approaches to teaching. To date, 341 projects have been funded, enriching the lives of over 42,000 students.
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, founded in 1993 and serving Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to clothe, feed, educate, and comfort children and adults through community-based programs. Funds raised from the all-volunteer staffed Assistance League ReSale Connection, fundraisers, grantors, and contributors help support our philanthropic programs, helping thousands of people year-round.
For more information, visit ReSale Connection, 204 Main, Rochester, 248-656-0414, or www.semich.AssistanceLeague.org
The First Jr. Lego League Expo (the culminating activity for Lego League in the Oxford Schools) was held on March 17, 2013. Link to Creative Teaching grant; Chad Boyd, teacher; Axford Elem. in Oxford
Amy Devin and Lauren Pawlowski teach autistic and cognitively impaired children at Lakeville Elementary in Oxford, MI. They applied for funding through Assistnce Leagu's Links to Creative Teaching Program to help fund the Banbury Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program which their students were enrolled.
The Banbury Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program serves 16 children; it runs 9 weeks, one 45 minute session per week. The total cost of this program is $3,300. Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan provided $1,000, paying for nearly 1/3 of the expenses. The balance was raised through fundraisers.
Below is a link to the video featuring the students and their experience at Banbury.