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Willmar seventh grader donates iPad to special ed students


You can imagine how thrilled a 12-year-old would be to get their hands on an iPad2, but a Willmar seventh-grader decided not to keep the popular gadget she earned in a fundraising contest, but donated it to the special education department at her school.

Tablets like the iPad have proved to be a useful tool for students in special ed because they allow lessons to be customized for each student's need.

Tracey Erickson, Willmar Middle School's speech and language clinician, tells the West Central Tribune that students seem to master skills faster using iPads. The problem is that there are only two tablets available to the 160 students in the department.

So, Annie Schaefbauer, with the help of her mother, a teacher at the middle school, went door to door to sell items like cookie dough, pizzas and wrapping paper as part of the fundraiser.

Schaefbauer raised $2,400 for the school, earning the iPad for her fellow students. The newspaper reports Schaefbauer intends to be a special education teacher in the future.

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