Parent donates $10K for special needs education in Perrysburg

Parent donates $10K for special needs education in Perrysburg

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Friday was a special day at Fort Meigs Elementary School in Perrysburg.

Intermediate Specialist teacher Miranda Evans received a $10,000 surprise on behalf of a grateful parent.

Parent donates $10K for special needs education in Perrysburg

Mike Ariss’s 8-year-old son Jonah has autism and is a student of Evans.

Ariss appreciates what she does in an out of the classroom for all of her special needs kids.

“I understand the district is doing it at no cost. Not making any money treating autism,” he said.

That’s why Ariss decided to give a gift to the Perrysburg Schools Foundation.

Evans was the first to find out.

“Today is about letting you know on behalf of my entire family that we’re donating $10,000 to you and your classroom to continue to support kids as they come forward; kids with special needs. Thank you for everything,” Ariss said.

Evans said that she already knows how to spend the money, money that will continue her educational mission with special needs kids.

“We can take our kids on more community outings. We can take them places. I’ve dreamed of getting my students involved in swimming programs. Keeping them functional to be part of our community," she said.

They will be part of a community that is a better place to live because of parents like Mike Ariss.

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