Signs and cheering greeted Benton Elementary School teacher Nancy Kelly. Kelly was nominated for taking time and effort to help a group of students with a project. "My 5th grade Special Ed kids weren't going to have Social Studies projects, so I told them I would help them. We wrote the reports and they did their boards. I ended up doing 7 of them, and social studies projects are very time consuming. They were very proud of themselves because they weren't going to have anything" Nancy Kelly, speech therapist at Benton Elementary, says.
"This year I told the kids: you have to get the help at home because it's really hard to do it in school. Mrs. Kelly said: nope I'll do it" Zaraka Lopez, a teacher at Benton says. Lopez nominated Mrs. Kelly for the Golden Apple Award. "They were extremely proud I mean one of the parents said that the kids were actually walking around like ‘look at me, look at my board' so it was really touching" Kelly says.
"It's a parent driven thing and to get a Special Ed child motivated to write a report and do the board and research is very difficult, just for a regular child, but someone with reading and writing difficulties, it's even harder" Kelly says. Kelly worked with the kids every day, helping them type the reports and put together their presentations. "They were so excited and it was just seeing the excitement in them that they had accomplished something that they had never done was just unbelievable" Lopez says.
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