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Mrs.

Fyfes Students:
Why we should care
Fundraisin
g
Presentati
on
By:
Ali Hamza
Arifa Rizvi
Kelsey Shaw
Mettellus
Holmes
Sukhmani

INTRODUTION
Project Name: We Love Science!
Raising funds to acquire Science Kits for hands-on learning for
Mrs. Cheryl Fyfes Pre-K Special Education at James Hedges
Elementary
Issues: High-risk urban communities (poverty and crime)
Special education (Learning Disabilities &
Developmental Delays)
Location: Southwest Chicago in Back of the Yards

CORNELL PARK SHOOTING


September 19, 2013

CORNELL PARK REVISITED


Cornell Park Basketball Court
09/19/2013

Cornell Park Basketball


Court 11/7/2014

A CLOSE CALL
Cornell Park less than half mile south of Hedges Elementary

New City ranks 20th among Chicago's 77 community areas for


Violent crime reports in the last 30 days

BACK OF THE YARDS


Heavily industrialized area that
originally surrounded stockyards which
flourished in Chicago from the 1860s
to the 1960s.
Populated by successive generations
of immigrants
Per the 2010 U.S. census, population
of New City/Back of the Yards was
44,377, a decline of 14% from 2000
census.
Demographics: Largely Hispanic
57.2%, African-American 30%, White
10%
Poverty rates

New City and Back of the Yards: 30%


Chicago as a whole: 22%.
Cook County: 16%
Illinois: 13.7%,

WE LOVE
SCIENCE!
Helping Special Needs
Students in Back of
The Yards

ABOUT DONORSCHOOSE.ORG

Online charity makes it easy for


anyone to help students in need
Public school teachers post
classroom project funding requests
Examine every classroom project
request
purchase and ship materials to
school
provide photos
supply a cost report

Dollars raised: $287,517,283


Projects funded: 520,725
Students helped: 13,197,547

OUR PROJECT
Goal: $256
Current: $99

AUTISM
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a mental condition found in the early
stages of life.
Children with ASD vary from severely challenged (low-functioning) to
extremely gifted (high-functioning).
The Center for Disease Control estimated that in 2000 1 in every
150 children had ASD. In 2006 it increased 1 in 110 children had
autism and the most recent study shows that in 2008 1 in every 88
children are autistic.
Between 2002 and 2008 the prevalence increase by 78%.

AUTISM
Autism costs a family $3- $5
million to raise an autistic child.
Behaviors:
Avoiding Eye Contact
Dont like to be touched
Not showing interest in moving
objects
Not noticing when someone
points at something or tries
to speak to them
Issues with vocalization and
speech
Kids with ASD tend to withdraw
into their own world

WHY SCIENCE?
Case conducted by Autism Speaks
Assigned 32 children with autism, ages 4 to 8, to one of two
groups
for 10 weeks.
Group 1: Standard speech and behavioral
Group 2: Standard + Experimental and sensory integration

Parents did not know which kids were in each group


Result: children in the sensory integration group scored
significantly higher on attaining their goals.
standardized tests showed that the children receiving
sensory integration therapy required less assistance from
their parents in self-care and social situations.

WHY SCIENCE?
Autisms symptoms - difficulty processing sensory
information
textures, sounds, smells, tastes, brightness and
movement
Ordinary situations overwhelming
Make these situations less overwhelming

Many students cannot speak in this class


integrating tools that stimulate senses is
benefi cial for these students

Changing how sensations are processed by the


brain helps children with autism make better sense
of the information they receive and use it to better
participate in everyday tasks
General level

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS


In 2013, 50 CPS schools were
closed for reasons of
underperforming and others
issues. (30,000 students
affected, mainly African
American)
In 2013, over 2,000 staff were
laid off, and earlier 2014
another 1,000 were also laid
off due to falling enrollment
and budgetary issues
Issues with teachers

JAMES HEDGES ELEMENTARY


Part of the CPS
One of only CPS schools with 2 different learning levels for
students with learning disabilities: Special Education and
Blended Education
99% of students are from low-income families
Higher-than-average teacher attendance
Diverse and dedicated teachers, innovative teaching modules

CHERYL FYFE
Joined Hedges this year
Teaches 2 classes, both
Special Ed
Lives in Brookflied, but
prefers to come and work in a
high-risk Chicago
neighborhood
Extremely dedicated to her
students, and protective,
given
their circumstances, VERY
HARD to secure a meeting
with her at the school
DePaul Alumni

HER STUDENTS
22 students in the class we have selected to support
Pre-K students with various stages of Autism Spectrum
Disorders and Developmental Delays, only 4 students have
speech-capabilities
Some are children of parents that belong to gangs, parents
not capable of providing financial or emotional support
They want to learn, grow, and play just like all preschoolers.
In order to learn most concepts to the best of their ability, it is
necessary for them
to have a variety of hands-on and visual materials
Due to lack of funding, she brings supplies from home
and visits yard sales looking for games, teaching sets
etc.

I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for such
a pleasant visit. I hope it was worthwhile for your project, as I
realize that I have a tendency to ramble. As college students,
I am aware that having money to fund a project is not easy.
Please don't worry yourself about the funding component.
Maybe the awareness of these types of classrooms will spur
one of your peers to become a great advocate for students
such as mine. Best of luck on your project!

A Message
From
Mrs. Fyfe !