Guardian angels deliver iPads to students with special needs

SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Tablets are the tech tool of choice for thousands of Utah kids with special needs. For that reason dozens of teachers jumped at the chance to score free iPads for their classroom with a program called "iPads 4 Angels."
SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Tablets are the tech tool of choice for thousands of Utah kids with special needs.  For that reason dozens of teachers jumped at the chance to score free iPads for their classroom with a program called "iPads 4 Angels."

Months ago, Angie Craig, a teacher at Santaquin Elementary school started the quest to get a series of iPads on her own. Today her wish was granted.

"Thank you so much she said," she said as she was handed several tablets.

Meanwhile her small class of 15 students cheered.

Today members of United Angels Foundation delivered a set of tablets to Craig's classroom.

"We are so excited to have these," she said.

Craig says when teaching special needs students, digital devices are more than helpful.

"They motivate students to learn," she said.  "That's the biggest battle is to come up with a way they're comfortable in learning."

At least 25 thousand kids have special needs in Utah. For that reason, Mark Leck, a father to a special needs child said iPads are key.

"Sometimes as parents we talk about those light bulb moments, those moments when you can tell that your kid just gets it," he said.  "Our kids with special needs sometimes need a little more assistance to get to that moment."

That is the reason Leck founded United Angels foundation. It is also the reason why his organization stepped in when he noticed state funding for special needs classrooms was limited.

"Being able to help with reading and math and anything else is one of the most uplifting things we have ever done," he said.

Today, United Angels donated four iPads to Craig's classroom.  Santaquin Elementary's principle now plans to match the donation.   That means at least eight new iPads will boost basic classroom skills, even when it comes to crunching numbers.

"They'll get daily use on the iPads to review math," Craig said.

For her and her students, she said that's just the start.

"This will help motivate them to want to learn and to be a better student," she said.  "That's a huge thing for us.  We're so excited about that." 

In the coming weeks United Angels Foundation will donate up to 50 iPads to Utah classrooms in Utah, Juab, and Salt Lake Counties.

However, they expect additional funding to pay for new devices, meaning more will be available during this school year.

For more information on United Angels Foundation click here.  To donate, get information, or apply for the "iPads 4 Angels" program for your classroom or student click here.









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