SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Dec. 14, 2018)—The family of Logan Eliason, who was a recipient of hearing services from the AEA when he was young, made a $20,000 donation to Northwest AEA for hearing equipment. Cindy Baird, Rebecca Young and Lynn Bernard accepted the donation on behalf of the AEA. Logan's family and some of the LMEliason Family Foundation board members presented the check in memory of Logan who passed away from cancer three years ago at the age of 31.
The family's gift will enable the agency to purchase high frequency tympanometry equipment to test babies who do not pass hearing tests upon leaving the hospital from birth, allowing families with young children to remain in the local area to address hearing deficiencies instead of driving to larger cities for their follow-up appointments.
"We are very grateful to the Eliason family for their thoughtful donation to help children in northwest Iowa who have hearing deficiencies," said Cindy Baird, regional facilitator and hearing department supervisor at the AEA. "It is so important for families to make follow-up visits so their children get proper services and this will ease their burden. Their gift on Logan's behalf will assist dozens of families every year."
Northwest AEA tested 956 children last school year. Of those tested, just over 100 were under 12 months old. Half of those babies had to be further tested in cities like Sioux Falls, Des Moines and Omaha. The new equipment will now help families like these.
With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.