Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, April 30th, 2021 -- Members of the Sagicor team visited the Cecely Browne Integrated School on the last Saturday in April to assist in the upgrade of spaces used by students of the school in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
The team painted footprints in the areas where the children usually assemble to line up, painted pink footprints (for girls) and blue footprints (for boys) to guide them to their respective restrooms, painted shapes along the paved walk-ways and also painted a hop-scotch play area. Sagicor provided the supplies for the painting and the team was ably assisted by Principal Violet Clarke, members of her team, a few enthusiastic students, and parents.
Mrs. Violet Clarke, Principal of the School said, “We are very grateful to Sagicor, to all the members of staff, who gave of their weekend to complete this project. The colourful shapes, numbers and games have transformed our outdoor environment, brought much excitement and given our children the opportunity to be actively involved in learning throughout the entire day”.
Denrick Connor, Agency Manager for Sagicor said, “The Cecely Browne Integrated School is an important part of the Nevis community and the team was very excited to get involved. We believe that even while navigating this pandemic that as a company we provide support wherever we can. I am certain we will be doing other activities with them. As part of our support for Autism Awareness Month we will also be volunteering with the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School soon.”
The School, which is located in Prospect in Nevis, has been operating since 1981 when John Mark Winfield a Peace Corp representative assigned to Nevis from 1981-1983 started the work with hearing impaired children. This base operation became the Special Education Unit located at Prospect Primary School and in 1983 after completing her studies in Special Education at Micro College in Jamaica, Mrs. Cecely Browne-Thompson returned to Nevis to take over this work.
From then, special education was extended to any child with special needs in Nevis not just those with hearing loss. The Unit remained in Prospect until 1983 when it was relocated to St Thomas Primary School in Lowlands. After 24 years, in September 2007, the Special Education Unit returned to Prospect to a purpose-built building funded by the Central Development Bank, which is where it is located today.
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