SLAM-FM deejays Revisit Challenor School

After successfully hosting “The Race for Challenor“, an event which raised excess of BDS$14,000 for children with varying abilities, organizers for the event, The Rotaract Club of South Barbados (RCSB), revisited The Challenor School to see first-hand the fruits of their efforts.

Alex Jordan & Salt along with members from RCSB chatting with Head of School Mrs. Sonia Pile

Alex Jordan & Salt along with members from RCSB chatting with Head of School Mrs. Sonia Pile

Accompanied by popular radio personalities Alex Jordan and Salt, the two persons who conceptualized the July 8 2012 event, RCSB members had the privilege of touring the facilities to not only interact with the students and residence of the Adult Training Program but to also see the several pieces of equipment added to their training programs as a result of the fund raising initiative.

Lead by the school’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Sharonne Taitt, the Head of School, Ms. Sonia Pile and Marketing Officer, Ms. Juliette Cumberbatch, the visit to the school showcased the four areas of education focussed on within the curriculum; culinary arts, agriculture, woodwork, as well as sewing and craft. Ms. Pile highlighted the successes of the school’s Craft program, noting the many contributions entered into the NIFCA Fine Arts & Craft competition over the years, as well as the wonderful work being done in the Woodwork department, where students were given an opportunity to showcase their skills at BMEX held earlier this year.

Salt being shown one of the pieces previously entered in the NIFCA arts & craft competition

Salt being shown one of the pieces previously entered in the NIFCA arts & craft competition

While thanking the RCSB and Alex Jordan for their efforts and success in raising these funds, Ms. Taitt stressed the continuous need for financial support to assist with the various activities and programs which the school has implemented.

“We cater to the most severely disabled and often times most financially challenged persons within the community, every bit that we receive helps. There is still a long way to go but if we had more people and groups hosting events such as the Race for Challenor we would be in a better position to improve the quality of life for persons with limited abilities”

In an effort to improve the school’s self-reliance, Ms. Pile advised that they take full advantage of the abundance of natural vegetation which surrounds the school and incorporates fresh fruits and vegetables, grown on the premises, into the school’s meal plans.

The school has also recently applied for a Health Certificate which would enable us to sell the jams, chutneys, sweets and pastries produced by the culinary arts department“.

Additionally, the school’s woodwork department has for some time been supplying many local businesses and private individuals with well-crafted pieces such as patio and lawn furniture, park benches, coasters, ironing boards, doors and games tables, just to name a few.

Woodwork department showcasing drink coasters in production

Woodwork department showcasing drink coasters in production

Among the Assistive Technology items purchased to improve the communication skills of the students were: a text-to-speech device used to accommodate individuals with severe mobility impairments, several Tech/Talk devices, which are multi-level augmentative and alternative communication devices designed to aid communication through direct selection, and two TTYs, these are special devices which permit the hearing impaired to utilise the telephone to communicate by typing their messages.

Expressing her gratitude, Ms. Pile keenly encouraged the members of RCSB as well as Alex Jordan and Salt to remain in contact with the school to see how the remainder of the funds would be allocated. RCSB President, Ms. Tara Collymore, was extremely pleased and enthusiastic about all that was being done and hopes that the club can bring greater awareness to the needs of the school though similar initiatives.

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