POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam students studying to become special education teachers recently raised $416 for the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center.
The money will purchase walking assistance equipment or a positioning chair for a child with special needs who is enrolled at the center.
According to the child's parents, their son has a rare genetic disorder. Only about 300 people in the world have been diagnosed with having the same abnormal chromosome. The parents were impressed with the students' professionalism, along with the passion and caring they have shown for people with special needs.
Ashley Gushea, one of the Class of 2014 special education teaching students, said that she and her classmates were happy to support this cause.
"As future special educators, we believe that it is important for all children to have equal opportunities. We hope that by raising money towards this equipment, we are making a difference for this family, and also for families who attend the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center in the future," Gushea said.
Lori Moulton, director of SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center expressed gratitude. "Accommodating the needs of our children is very important, and occasionally that requires special equipment. The funds raised will help SPCCC provide a quality experience for this child while he is in our care. We have seen growth in his physical, cognitive and social emotional development over the past year -- it's truly amazing," she said.