SCMS and SCMSA raise funds for Fun Rooms at SC School for the Deaf and Blind

Dr. Greg Valainis, President of S’burg County Medical Society, and Suzanne Mossburg, President of S’burg County Medical Society Alliance, present a check to Ann Ackerman, CEO of the SCSDB’s fundraising arm, The Walker Foundation.

A donation from the Spartanburg County Medical Society and Alliance will fund the renovation of two fun rooms at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Fun rooms provide a comfortable environment in the dorms for students to play games, watch television, and just relax after the school day and after-school activities are completed. The Medical Society’s donation of $6,423.10 will be used to update fun rooms used by residential students attending the Elementary School for the Deaf.

“We are honored to work with The Walker Foundation and the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind for our 2017 community project. Our membership strives to help improve the lives of our communities here in Spartanburg, and we are truly excited to have the opportunity to impact the lives of the children served by the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind”, said Dr. Greg Valainis, president of the Medical Society’s Board of Directors.

“The fun rooms are an important part of creating a homelike atmosphere in the dorms,” said Ann Akerman, chief executive officer of The Walker Foundation, the school’s fundraising arm. “We are grateful to the Medical Society for making the renovations a reality.”

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SCMSA Raises nearly $50,000 for iPads and Accessories for McCarthy Teszler School

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McCarthy Teszler School is a school for special needs students ranging in age from three to twenty-one years in Spartanburg County. Disabled or multi-handicapped students have access to on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, as needed. The Spartanburg County Medical Society Alliance has taken the lead in helping McCarthy Teszler School acquire new technology for use with its students for learning and communication.

In fall of 2013, the Spartanburg Medical Society and Alliance visited MTS and learned that iPad technology is the only way many children at the school can communicate. They tell teachers what they want, how they are feeling or what they need with the touch of a screen.  Unfortunately, the school lacked the resources to acquire these iPads and found that some classrooms only had one iPad to serve all its students. The Society and Alliance determined action was needed immediately to assist MTS in acquiring more iPads and plans for a fundraiser within the Medical Community were started.  In February of 2014 the fundraiser Toddies for Tablets raised over $21,000 for the purchase of 40 new iPads for MTS.  These funds were presented to MTS faculty and students in March of 2014 and iPads were purchased and distributed throughout the spring and summer.

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After purchasing these new iPads for MTS, SCMSA realized that many of the school’s most severely physically handicapped students were not able to benefit from the new technology because of their inability to use their hands to control the iPads. In Fall 2015, SCMSA applied to the Mary Black Foundation to help fund a grant to acquire Eye Go hardware and software to allow these students to manipulate the iPad with their eyes. In January of 2015, SCMS and SCMSA joined with the Mary Black Foundation to present a check for nearly $27,000 to MTS. With the donations in 2014, this brings a total of nearly $50,000 in donations to MTS for iPads and accessories to encourage communication among their students, faculty and caregivers.

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Mary Black Foundation Annual Report

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