Pumpkin Sale to Help WSU Students Studying Special Education

OGDEN, Utah — Students in Weber State University’s chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) — an organization dedicated to advancing the success of children with disabilities or special needs — are hosting a pumpkin sale in front of the McKay Education Building, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. until all pumpkins are gone.

Members of the club will sell pumpkins for $4 each, and the money raised during the sale will go toward travel expenses for the club to attend the national CEC Special Education Convention and Expo.

The CEC convention, which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, April 19-22, will focus on the newest strategies and techniques of special education teaching.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with working professionals in the special education field.

“The conference is very beneficial because we are able to meet practicing teachers and hear how the skills we are learning at WSU are being implemented in classrooms across the country,” said Megan Tingey, the student media officer for CEC. “We are able to meet professionals in the field and develop relationships with other teachers.”

Tingey said the CEC club, which is housed in the College of Education at WSU, focuses on the lives and needs of individuals with special needs. They host events and partner with programs to provide opportunities for growth, development, socialization and education for those with special needs or disabilities. They also work to involve families, teachers, community members and policy makers.

The CEC club has attended the conference every year since 2010. This year, they plan to send at least eight students. The club will host additional fundraisers throughout the year. Paint Nite, which is an evening of instructed paint lessons and dinner, will take place in the Shepherd Union Building on Nov. 17.

For more information about the club’s fundraisers and events, visit www.facebook.com/Weber-State-CEC.

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Contact:

Shirley Dawson, CEC faculty advisor
801-626-7853 • shirleydawson@weber.edu

Author:

Rachel Badali, Office of Marketing & Communications
801-626-7295 • rachelbadali@weber.edu