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Annual Book Fair

The ISD #191 (Burnsville, Eagan, Savage) Special Education Advisory Committee sponsors an annual book fair at the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, featuring special reading sessions by school district personnel and holiday coloring stations for children. A percentage of the evening’s purchases are directed to the Special Education Advisory Committee and used to support its work in the School District. Each year SEAC purchases books for the elementary media centers out of the proceeds. This year, SEAC bought 3 books on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from Barnes and Noble to promote awareness and understanding of ASD. Last year, SEAC purchased and donated books on Down’s syndrome.

SEAC Outreach and Awareness

Lakeville holds an annual community event called a “People’s Fair” with an emphasis on diversity within the community. The Lakeville SEAC signed up for a display table and parent representatives provided materials about the SEAC itself, as well as disability-related resource materials for families. The table had a constant stream of visitors who were happy to receive the information and increased the visibility of the SEAC within the community.

Information Sharing Strategies

The ISD 196 (Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan) SEAC created an email “special education” listserv to send out information of interest to parents of students in special education, including notices regarding SEAC meetings and other parent training opportunities. Parents and school personnel voluntarily “sign up” by providing their email address. The listserv is administered by the school district. Information about the listserv and how to sign up is provided through flyers that go home with students, and on the district website’s special education page.





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