The Lite Preschool received a donation of books and a play park from the Rotary Club of Barbados this morning in a brief presentation held at their Flint Hall, St Michael headquarters.
The school, which caters to children with learning challenges as well as regular students, is the brainchild of Principal Billboard Murrell and his wife Education Coordinator Janelle Murrell who seek to use a modern concept of learning through play.
Principal Murrell said the donation will assist immensely as the school seeks to help children who have special needs and whose parents may not be able to afford tuition.
“We are so thankful for the assistance from the Rotary Club. A lot of persons think private schools do not technically need assistance but we need all the assistance that we can get because at LITE we try to provide a service for children who need the help but are not able to afford [it]. A lot of the children have learning difficulties. Some of them have reading difficulties and with Mrs Murrell being the specialist, we needed banded books that can cater to the children’s needs,” he said.
Murrell added that the Lite Preschool and Primary School would have been unable to purchase the banded books as well as the outdoor play park, which is crucial to their operations, on their own.
“We do a lot of learning through play. Sometimes the children think that they are playing and having fun and yes, they are playing and having fun. But from the teacher’s perspective, a lot of the things are well thought out and calculated in terms of what they do. So we are thankful for the play equipment,” he said, adding that the play park will help with the education and socialization of students.
“The little things help with the socialization. [They] help the children to come out and be a part [of a group] and build [their] confidence. The children think that they are playing but from our side, it is a more structured interaction that they have,” he said.
President of the Rotary Club of Barbados Shawn Franklyn said the organization decided to partner with the Lite Preschool and Primary School as they have provided an integrated school for children with learning challenges as well as children who are normally integrated.
“It is a very deserving school with great innovative techniques. It is doing this for children who have slight disabilities and learning disabilities as normally [as possible]. It is a very fantastic concept that we appreciate and encourage,” Franklyn said.
The students were eager to play in their new play park and were assisted by the principal as they enjoyed the swings and slides. (LG)