Community Mini-Grants

Fall 2020 Mini-Grant Awardees

Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is delighted to announce the award of five Fall Mini-Grants to teachers and staff supporting students with disabilities throughout the county.

Fall 2020 Mini-Grant Winners are:

Susan Hawn, Great Falls Elementary School.

Jamese Herring-Barker, Hayfield Secondary School.

Rebecca Moericke, Laurel Ridge Elementary – Comprehensive Services Site.

Denise Strong, Cardinal Forest Elementary.

Philippa G. van Gelder-Hindman, Fairfax Villa Elementary School.

Samantha Vivian-Beck, Twain Middle School – Comprehensive Services Site.

Fairfax County SEPTA Mini-Grants are for SEPTA member teachers or staff to implement programs, attend professional development, or obtain materials designed to support students with disabilities. All current SEPTA members who are FCPS employees are eligible to apply, with applications accepted three times this year in Fall, Winter, and Spring. 

We are delighted to support educators in their innovative work serving students with disabilities this year. Grantees proposed programs including:

· the purchase of an outdoor classroom for children receiving Early Childhood Special Education and Intellectual Disabilities services, to include one utility wagon; two pop-up gazebos, and assorted garden tools for students.

· online resource subscriptions to support virtual learning in the self-contained environment, to aid accommodations, and to provide options for individualized student needs.

· gift cards for the school store to be used as student rewards.

· materials that support movement, tactile learning, and social emotional health such as water toys, fidgets, and other tactile de-escalation tools to support self-soothing.

· materials that allow for movement through seating or movement supports (kickers, desk bikes, reading scoops, etc.) in the restricted settings of COVID-19 guidelines.

· rewarding break activities such as magnetic mazes and blocks, brain puzzles, and other items that will engage students in independent play and can be sanitized at the end of the day.

· portable fitness pedal stationary machines to offer to students with disabilities who require fidgets or movement breaks for use in their home learning environments. SEPTA thanks all teachers and staff for their devoted work serving students this year, and we are proud to support this work through our Mini-Grants Program. To learn more about SEPTA and to join as a member, visit The next deadline for SEPTA Mini-Grants is February 1st.

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