Edge Hill School of Special Education appeals for help
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
The Edge Hill School of Special Education in St Ann's Bay needs help to adequately meet the needs of the 60 students at the facility.
Former chairman and current board member, Roderick Campbell, said among the priorities are an auditorium and a resource centre with computers, while acting principal, Charmaine Palmer-Lee, has identified the repair to the chain-link fencing as among her main concerns.
"Right now, we need a resource centre, an auditorium and three additional classrooms, but the priority would be the resource centre and auditorium because the auditorium can be used as classrooms," Campbell told Rural Xpress.
"I am appealing to all who can help us, to please do so because these children are special. Society tends to sort of ignore them, but they can become very useful citizens. We had a student who went on to pass 14 CXC subjects."
Campbell said help is also needed to finish a greenhouse that was started sometime ago, and to establish a playfield for the children.
Meanwhile, Palmer-Lee said the estimate to repair the fencing has not yet been done. She said she was however joining with Campbell in appealing for help for the institution.
"And like he said, the auditorium and extra classes and computers are also needed," Palmer-Lee stated.
With the principal currently on leave, the staff complement now consists of the acting principal, seven teachers, six teachers' aids and four ancillary staff members.
Campbell, a member of the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios, spearheaded the club's effort to build the existing structure in the 1990s. Started in 1994, the school was completed and handed over in November 1997.
Edge Hill School of Special Education emerged from an islandwide network of Sunshine School of Hope, which caters to special-needs children.
The curriculum includes mathematics, language arts, personal and social skills, daily living skills, and physical education.
Vocational programmes that have been offered include agriculture, art and craft, computer skills, food and nutrition, clothing and textile, among others.