SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Yesterday afternoon, Springfield resident Caitlynn McTernan donated a variety of adaptive technology and learning apps to the Springfield Free Public Library as part of a final push for a major award.
McTernan's service project was part of her run towards a Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is roughly equivalent to an Eagle Scout classification in the Boy Scouts. In order to be eligible, candidates must complete around 80 hours of service projects along with follow up interviews and a variety of other steps.
During her presentation, McTernan, who is also on the Girls' Basketball and Track teams at Jonathan Dayton High School referenced her younger brother, who has several learning disabilites.as the inspiration for her project. She spoke with TAPinto about it after the presentation.
"It's a really cool thing," McTernan said. "[And] I'm really excited to be able to provide the help for other people just like my brother. Because I've watched him struggle for so long and just thinking that I'm going to be able to help even just one person just like him in any way, it's really just heartwarming and I'm proud that i was able to do that.
Having seen what worked for her brother, McTernan and put that knowledge into her gifts to the library. Among her contributions were two iPads furnished with a suite of educational apps, and various other physical tools to help students.
Throughout the course of her presentation, McTernan provided a brief overview of all the tools that would be available. She also put together physical manuals with information about use and pricing that would be available at the library to people checking out the iPads and other tools for use.
For Library Director Dale Spindel, who was McTernan's overall project advisor, Working with her on the project was excellent. Spindel also said the enthusiasm and drive she saw from Mcternan throughout the duration of the project was key to sucessfully completing it.
"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for the community," Spindel said. "And I am thrilled that Caitlynn approached us to do this."
She added, "It was an absolute pleasure working with Caitlynn. She really took the initative on this project, knew exactly what she wanted to do and followed through on it beautifully."
After the demonstration was finished, light refreshments wer served and the crowd dispersed.