Barbadian Schoolhouse for Special Needs Gets Boost from Scotiabank
Scotiabank is supporting a bright future for the School House for Special Needs, by making a donation to their building fund. Scotiabank contributed towards the School House and Special Kids Inc. fundraising initiative to purchase a property that would meet the School’s developmental needs well into the future.
“The Schoolhouse has outgrown its current location, to the point where our continued growth is impeded by a lack of physical space”, stated Principal Yasmin Vlahakis. “Our current premises are rented and can’t accommodate any additional students. We are now faced with the likelihood of turning away new special needs students who would be able to benefit from the specialized development programmes we offer.” Principal Vlahakis pointed out that donations from organizations such as Scotiabank have made a significant difference to the School’s fundraising efforts.
Managing Director for Scotiabank Caribbean East, David Noel visited the school recently and took the opportunity to tour the classrooms and interact with the students. Mr. Noel handed out goodie bags filled with educational and fun items to each student. Mr. Noel stated that Scotiabank was pleased to support institutions such as the School House, noting that it makes such a big difference to the welfare of the some of the most vulnerable members of society, children with special needs. Mr. Noel was pleased to learn that the School had been successful in helping students transition into mainstream schools. “Supporting our communities through the Bright Future program is a big part of Scotiabank’s culture and our way of giving back to the community,” he noted.
The Schoolhouse for Special Needs, founded in 2006, provides specialized programs for children with moderate learning challenges while providing a safe, stimulating environment where students can grow and develop at their own rate.