By KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE - neighbors@kcchronicle.com

Rotary awards $3,472 to Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative

An award of $3,472 for the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative was unanimously approved by the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club Foundation Board at a recent meeting.

The award money will go toward the purchase of an adaptive bike for multi-needs high school students who attend Mid-Valley.

Batavia, Kaneland, St. Charles, Burlington Central, and Geneva school districts comprise the Mid-Valley area in which children reside.

Students who will use the bike  either need balance assistance or are dependent for mobility in wheelchairs. The students have moderate to profound cognitive delays, neurodevelopment delays or physical disabilities, according to a news release. When a classroom teaching assistant, Peg Frank, started to work with the students, she believed using an adapted bike could help with the students’ therapy and learning experience.

“These students had never been exposed previously to using a bike and after consulting with the elementary school physical therapist and the high school therapist, it was determined that all of our students would benefit from the use of a modified bike.” Frank said in the release. “The next step was to borrow an adapted bike to let the students try it out for a few days. The students really worked hard and loved the motion up and down the school’s hallways.”

The Rotary Club viewed videos of the students’ using the borrowed adaptive bikes through Rotarian Craig Frank, Peg Frank’s husband, according to the release.

The smiles and positive reactions from the students convinced the Rotary members to offer support to the students, according to the release.

The three-wheeled modified bike came from the Bike Rack in St. Charles.

For more information, visit www.mvse.org or call Dr. Carla Cumblad at 331-228-4873.   

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