Quota and SUN expanding the range of hearing in Weyburn classrooms

For students who have hearing issues, school can be difficult at times.

On Thursday, Quota International of Weyburn along with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) helped to remedy that.

quotadonationdec1 3A $10,000 grant from SUN and an additional $2,700 from Quota will see ten multi-functional FM hearing systems placed in classrooms around Weyburn.

Seven will be installed at the Weyburn Comprehensive School, with the additional three at Souris, Queen Elizabeth and Haig elementary schools.

"At any one time in a classroom, there could be up to 50 per cent of the children who can't hear the instructor properly, " Quota's Heather Sidloski explained. "And so, by allowing this FM system, every student in the classroom can hear the teacher equally because the sound is amplified throughout the room."

quotadonationdec1Queen Elizabeth principal Joanne Thomson has worked with hearing systems since they were first piloted in the city. She said as much as 50 per cent of a child's day is spent listening and believes these systems make a world of difference for students with hearing impairments or trouble focusing.

SUN President Tracy Zambory said this is about empowering Weyburn students to be successful in their learning environments.

“Education is a key contributor to the health and prosperity of individuals and society as whole – a priority Saskatchewan’s registered nurses share with Quota International," she added.

Weyburn Quota has been working with local schools to ensure students receive hearing services since 2004 and has placed over 20 FM hearing systems in the city. Typically, Quota is able to purchase two systems a year, but with through this year's support by SUN, they exceed their goal.