Parlin Trust Gives Special Needs Program $6,000

A $6,000 donation to the Ohio County Schools special education department will provide iPads and sensory technology to the students who need it.

“Our teachers are so excited,” Special Education Director Leah Stout told WesBanco Senior Vice President Anthony J. Habbit.

WesBanco Investment Services manages the Martha Parlin Trust, which recently provided the Ohio County Schools special education department with a $6,000 donation. The funding will be used to purchase sensory spaces in active learning classrooms, iPads for the autism program and auditory assistive technology for students who have difficulty hearing and focusing in the classroom, Stout said.

There are about 750 special needs students among the 5,190 students in Ohio County Schools, she said. The special education department has a staff of about 100.

“The technology is already in their hands, and they are using it already,” Stout said.

Habbit said the Parlin Trust was created in 1998 with the purpose of funding programs for those who are blind, have physical handicaps or special needs.

In the 20 years since, WesBanco has distributed $2.5 million to these programs, according to Tabbit.

“We are thrilled to be a part of helping Ohio County Schools, and assuring their learning,” he said.

Stout said the said the funding will greatly benefit the school system’s special education department and the students it serves.

“WesBanco has always been very supportive in issuing Parlin funds to the special education department of Ohio County Schools,” she said. “This funding has created important opportunities for students who truly need them. I am so appreciative of this generous contribution to our schools and our children.”

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