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Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Banquet Feedback

For those of you who attended this year’s banquet and responded to the survey, your response was clear. Ratings for this year’s banquet compared to previous years were not as high.

In spite of the coziness of the setting, 85 percent rated the awards as good or excellent; 85 percent of the respondents said they felt the retiree recognition was either excellent or good and 82 percent felt the years of service recognition was excellent or good.

Why people attend the banquet varies. The two highest selected reasons were, “I like feeling connected to others at the agency,” and “It's a tradition I like to be a part of.” The third highest reason was to honor someone retiring.

We received a few complaints about the years of service video – the names scrolled too fast or no one contacted them to be in the video. We will start earlier next year in trying to get video footage of staff. As to the fast scrolling, well, if we can figure out how to make the movie software scroll more slowly, be assured we WILL do that next time!

For complete access to this year’s survey results, please click on the following link:

Our Thanks

Following the banquet, we received contributions from Pioneer Workspace Solutionsand Profound Knowledge Resources in support of the agency’s banquet. We thank them for their contributions and wanted those who attended to know that these businesses helped to support this annual event.

Get Involved!  GWAEA’s Brain Injury Resource Team…

Did you know that 5.3 million Americans have experienced a brain injury?  Someone has a traumatic brain injury every 23 seconds in the United States.  This information comes from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).

The Grant Wood AEA Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) provides consultation and information to Building Level Teams working with students with brain injuries.  We are always looking for additional members for our team.  Please consider being a BIRT Team member!

Join us at our next team meeting on Thursday, May 6, from 3-4 p.m. to see what we are all about or just to acquire further information about our team.  The meeting will be held at the Grant Wood AEA Life Skills location at 4050 River Ridge Drive NE, Cedar Rapids. Please RSVP to Kelley Martin at or 399-6801 by April 30. Popcorn will be provided, please bring your own beverage during our viewing of the DVD, “Pieces of the Puzzle: An Introduction to Brain Injury.” 

Our Condolences

Our hearts were saddened to learn of the death of Mary King on Monday, April 26. Mary was a mail/receiving clerk at Grant Wood AEA for 21 years, retiring on July 30, 1999. Services were held at Brosh Chapel-Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, April 28.

3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 8, Kingston Stadium

An Olympic style finish on the track at Kingston Stadium is one of the unique features of Lace Up For Learning 5K, 10K and mile fun run. Runners and walkers enter the stadium to the sound of the cheers from the crowd and the announcer calling out participant names.

Lace Up for Learning will be held on Saturday, May 8, at Kingston Stadium. The 5K and 10K begin and end at Kingston with the route running through the neighborhoods between the stadium and Jefferson High School.

5K and 10K begin at 9:00 am. The Fun Run begins at 10:30 am.  Awards ceremony and door prizes at 11:00.

Post race food, refreshments and massages will be available!

All levels of runners and walkers are invited to join us for the 3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation.

For additional race information and application go to or call 558-2400.

Vinton Dog-A-Fair, Saturday, May 8

Hosted by the Friends of the Shelter, Inc. Location: Benton County Fair Grounds, South 2nd Ave., Vinton.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Humans are free...dogs are $2. Click here for details.

Dwight Dash 2010, Saturday, June 19

5K and One Mile Fun Run benefitting the Tim Dwight Foundation
Saturday, June 19, 8:30 a.m., Ashton Cross Country Course, University of Iowa

Founded in 2002, the Tim Dwight Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping children and young people. With over $75,000 donated, funds benefit the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and the Tim Dwight Foundation Scholarship, Inc.

For additional race information and application, visit

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities.

For more information on any of these listings, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Archives of Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo April 30, 2010

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