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PPC donates to area Special Education teachers

Updated: May 22, 2022

Left to right: Kennilee Mooney, Roland special education teacher, Kodey Toney, Director

of the Pervasive Parenting Center, and Angie Pena, Roland principal

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - The Pervasive Parenting Center (C.P.R.C.) recently donated more than $600 to help with assistive technology for three local schools. The funding came from a classroom grant sponsored by the center to help with supplies for special education.

Kinnilee Mooney of Roland (pictured above) will use the funds to help purchase a frame for a recently purchased sensory swing. The swing will help students with coping skills for sensory issues.

Left to right: Bokoshe special education teacher Kim Crase

and Terry Yarbery, Pervasive Parenting Center specialist

Kim Crase of Bokoshe will use the funding for a calming corner in her special education classroom. This will give students a designated place to help regulate or take a break.

Left to right: Sallisaw special education teacher Ashley Brant

and Terry Yarbery, Pervasive Parenting Center specialist

Ashley Brant of Sallisaw will use the funding to upgrade her sensory room in the middle school. The grant will be used to help with accessible sensory items for students in wheelchairs.

As funds are available, school districts in LeFlore, Sequoyah, Latimer, Cherokee, Adair, and Haskell Counties can apply for classroom grants to assist with purchasing supplies for their special education classrooms. To date, the center has donated more than $4,000 in grant funds throughout eastern Oklahoma.

The schools must explain in less than 200 words what the grant would be used for and why they are necessary. A committee, made up of PPC board members, approve the awards based on need.

“We understand that budgets are tight in schools,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “This is especially true in the special education departments. We feel this is a little way of giving back to the community and helping the children in our local schools. We’re here to help families, schools, and especially the students.”

The Pervasive Parenting Center is a non-profit organization that launched in January 2014 to help families in eastern Oklahoma find resources available for those diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. They are partially funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, but the funding for the classroom grants come from donations and fundraisers.

If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney at 918-647-1255 or For more information you can also visit their website at

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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