IEA members are using SCORE grants in many innovative ways to help children and students. Stacie Pelletier, a special education early childhood teacher in Forest Park District #91, Cook County, was recognized for her outstanding service at a Board of Education meeting on May 12. Since January of last year, Pelletier has been using her IEA SCORE grant funds to take her developmentally disabled and/or autistic students out into the community one to three times a month as part of their growth and learning objectives. So far she has arranged student visits to movies, bowling, plays, ice skating, museums, the local library, a bank, the local police and fire station, and a restaurant. Students love it. Parents have been effusive in their praise for the program and how it has helped their children grow. Pelletier has been teaching for three years at Garfield Elementary School in Forest Park. She applied for and received SCORE grants in each of the last two years. She is pictured here at the center of “the BIG SCORE check,” along with her Board of Education and school district administrators.