Congressman Davis brings the Capitol to CAOS kids

Congressman Rodney Davis with CAOS teachers and studentsCarle Auditory Oral School (CAOS) first- and second-grade students happily shared the spotlight when Congressman Rodney Davis visited their school Monday afternoon.

Davis read a children’s book about Congress to the students and answered their questions, covering such topics as being president when they grow up and their favorite superheroes.

“It’s important for the children to know that people represent their hometown in Washington, D.C., and great for the congressman to see what our program is really all about,” said Danielle Chalfant, CAOS director.

On a tour hosted by Dr. Michael Novak, the congressman learned about the importance of Carle supporting program as unique as CAOS, as well as the Expanding Children’s Hearing Opportunities (ECHO) Pediatric Hearing Center. CAOS and the ECHO provide comprehensive medical, audiological, therapy and educational support to children with hearing loss and their families.

“It is programs like these, which are gems throughout the 13th Congressional District,” Davis said.

“Great people are doing phenomenal things all around east Central Illinois, and it is my pleasure to see first-hand the holistic educational and audiological services for children with hearing loss.” 

During Monday’s visit to Carle, Davis also met with several leaders, discussing the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the vision for the new pediatric transport vehicle paid for by the Employee Giving Campaign.

Congressman Davis (R-Taylorville) represents the 13th Congressional District, which extends from Champaign-Urbana, west to Decatur, north toward Bloomington, covers parts of Springfield and includes communities all the way to the Illinois border near Alton.