It was a grand celebration at the Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre as students and staff held their annual Christmas party on Wednesday.
There were lots of cheer, laughter and treats to go around as the differently abled students enjoyed the music of the season performed by some of the island’s top performers, including John King and Tamara Marshall.
The centre’s audiologist Jan Wickham said students enjoyed their special day, as did the workers coordinating the event.
“It’s a very exciting day for the children,” said Wickham. “We normally make sure at this time of year that we give them a good send-off for their Christmas break.
“I think they look forward to it every year. Unfortunately, some of them are not in a position intellectually-wise to understand what is going on. But the mere fact that they are surrounded with beautiful people and a lovely environment helps add to their excitement,” she added.
The students clapped and moved as songbird Tamara, King and others delivered favourite Christmas hits.
The teachers also shared in the fun, taking a break from their duties to line-dance to Red Plastic Bag’s Something Happening.
King shared that he thoroughly enjoyed spending the time with the children.
“These are moments I actually live for; the chance to share God-given talents with those who need that uplifting and need to feel the presence of love in their lives. And whenever I get the opportunity to do it, I grab it with both hands,” he said.
The annual event is funded by Harmony General Insurance as part of its efforts to give back to the community. (SD)