Monday, January 29, 2018

Parenting Center Awards Grants

The Pervasive Parenting Center (PPC) recently donated more than $600 to help purchase assistive technology for two local schools. The funding was granted to Panama and Pocola Schools.

Panama School used the funds to purchase a document camera to help with visual learners, as well as the visually impaired. They also bought a new printer for the special education classroom. Pocola used the funding to help purchase weighted blankets for their classrooms.

As funds are available, school districts in LeFlore, Sequoyah, Latimer, and Haskell Counties can apply for classroom grants to assist with purchasing supplies for their special education classrooms. To date, the center has donated more than $2,000 in grant funds throughout eastern Oklahoma.

The schools had to explain in less than 200 words what the grant would be used for and why they were necessary. A committee, made up of PPC board members, approve the awards based on need.

“We understand that budgets are tight in schools,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “This is especially true in the special education departments. We feel this is a little way of giving back to the community and helping the children in our local schools. We’re here to help families, schools, and especially the students,”

The PPC is a non-profit organization that launched in January 2014 to help families in eastern Oklahoma find resources available for people in eastern Oklahoma diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. They are partially funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, but the funding for the classroom grants come from donations and fundraisers.

For more information contact Toney @ 918-658-5076 or Visit the website at

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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