Hearing aid fund continues to help local schoolchildren

Staff Reports

The Jackson County Hearing Aid Fund for School Age Children is in its 15th year of providing financial assistance to students in need of hearing instruments.

The fund was started in 2005 by students who were members of the HEAR Club at Seymour High School.

In the past 15 years, the hearing aid fund has helped more than 25 students and their families throughout Jackson County. The fund provides funds to any school-age child in need of hearing aids. It is available to public school, private school and homeschool students.

Up to $2,000 per hearing aid can be provided as long as there are available funds. To qualify, there must be documented hearing loss, medical clearance and recommendation of hearing aids from an Indiana licensed audiologist or an ear, nose and throat physician.

The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County and totally relies on donations.

The primary fundraiser is Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids, a Jackson County-based business. To support this cause with the purchase of cookies, visit laurajoscookiesforkids.com, select the “Cookie Store” tab at the top of the page and then select the “Order Cookies” tab. Once you see the drop-down box, you can choose either “Seasonal Cookies,” “Custom Orders” or “Bite-Size Cookie Bags.”

Once you are in the ordering process, you will see the list of fundraisers. When selecting the Jackson County Hearing Aid Fund for School Age Children as your donation selection, look for the logo of American Sign Language “I Love You” handshapes.

People also can donate directly to the fund by sending a donation to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, P.O. Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274. Designate your donation to the Jackson County Hearing Aid Fund for School Age Children.

For information about accessing the fund, contact your child’s school or email Jay Cherry at cherry [email protected].