The Schoolhouse for Special Needs is run by the non-profit organisation Special Kids Incorporated, which is hoping the show will take its fundraising efforts closer to the $1.5 million target needed to acquire the property.
The Schoolhouse for Special Needs was founded in 2006 to provide quality specialized individual programs for children 4 years and older, with mild to moderate learning challenges.
Children attending the programme are usually on the autistic spectrum and may be suffering from Downs Syndrome, mild Cerebral Palsy, Asperger Syndrome and a general inability to read and function within the normal school environment.
The school provides a safe, happy and stimulating environment where students can grow and develop at their own rate and in their own unique way.
Class groups are small and intimate not exceeding eight students. This allows teachers to develop individualized programs to fit each students needs and allows students to receive individual attention that is not available in other institutions.
The subjects taught include Reading, Mathematics, Religious Education, Language Arts, Science, Information Technology, Spanish, Arts & Craft, Social Studies and Food & Nutrition.
Educational and recreational field trips are conducted regularly throughout the school term. These trips are designed to aid and reinforce project work, foster good interactive social skills and assist the students in developing life skills.
The school also provides a sports program that includes tennis, swimming, exercise, gymnastics and martial arts.
This programme started out with three students and now caters to 20. As a consequence of its growth and the limited space available, the school is now facing the prospect of having to turn away new students.
It is for this reason that Special Kids Incorporated is trying to raise $1.5 million to acquire a property that would allow it to continue welcoming all special needs students who can benefit from the programme.
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