SUNY Potsdam Special Education Students Donate Funds for College's Child Care Center


SUNY Potsdam special education graduates Patty Wagner, Ashley Gushea and Jerika Burkum present a check to Lori Moulton, director of the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center (second from right).

SUNY Potsdam special education students are giving back to the community, for a cause close to home. The future teachers raised $416 this spring for the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center.

The donated funds will be used to purchase adaptive equipment for walking assistance or a positioning chair for a child with special needs who is enrolled at the center.

According to the child's parents, their son has a rare genetic disorder. Only about 300 people in the world have been diagnosed with having the same abnormal chromosome. The parents were impressed with the students' professionalism, along with the passion and caring they have shown for people with special needs.

Ashley Gushea, one of the Class of 2014 special education students, said that she and her classmates were very happy to support this cause.

"As future special educators, we believe that it is important for all children to have equal opportunities. We hope that by raising money towards this equipment, we are making a difference for this family, and also for families who attend the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center in the future," Gushea said.

Lori Moulton, Director of SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center expressed her gratitude, "Accommodating the needs of our children is very important, and occasionally that requires special equipment. The funds raised will help SPCCC provide a quality experience for this child while he is in our care. We have seen growth in his physical, cognitive and social emotional development over the past year—it's truly amazing," said SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center Director Lori Moulton. "A big thank you to the special education Class of 2014 for raising money for such a wonderful purpose!"

The SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center is a fully licensed, center-based child care facility serving children of SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large. For more information, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.