Kins­men pro­vide com­fort

Com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion pur­chases fur­ni­ture for Learn­ing Cen­tre

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay / New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

The New Water­ford Kins­men Club has added com­fort to the lives of oth­ers once again.

The club do­nated a sofa and love seat to the Learn­ing Cen­tre at the New Water­ford School in River Ryan.

“The Kins­men Club has been re­ally good to the Learn­ing Cen­tre,” said prin­ci­pal Joyce Mor­ri­son.

The cen­tre was lo­cated in St. Agnes school and was moved to New Water­ford School last year when St. Agnes was closed.

Mor­ri­son said the Kins­men came to the school and asked what they needed.

“They pur­chased a sofa and a love seat, it was won­der­ful. They even came with school sup­plies ear­lier in the year. They are very kind.”

There are cur­rently six stu­dents in the Learn­ing Cen­tre.

Mor­ri­son said al­though there is in­clu­sion in the class­rooms to­day the cen­tre al­lows for a spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents who are not ready for the class­room.

“(It’s) for stu­dents not at this time ready for the class­room but who will tran­si­tion into class­room ac­tiv­i­ties when they are ready,” she said. “That’s the goal to have them in the reg­u­lar class. Not ev­ery­one is able to spend a full day in a class­room set­ting.”

Mor­ri­son said dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod, the Learn­ing Cen­tre stu­dents join a reg­u­lar class for ac­tiv­i­ties such as gym and mu­sic and even­tu­ally story time.

She said some of the stu­dents who come into the cen­tre may be non-ver­bal or lack com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

“It’s a home en­vi­ron­ment with even a kitchen and chairs where they can learn table man­ners and an­other area where they learn to sit qui­etly and re­spect each other’s space. Prin­ci­pal Joyce Mor­ri­son

“It’s a home en­vi­ron­ment with even a kitchen and chairs where they can learn table man­ners and an­other area where they learn to sit qui­etly and re­spect each other’s space. There are dif­fer­ent (ar­eas) in the room where life skills can be taught.”

Joe Curry, vice-pres­i­dent of the New Water­ford Kins­men Club, said the Kin As­so­ci­a­tion asks mem­bers to fo­cus on youth, adults and se­niors who face chal­lenges.

Curry said the lo­cal club has been in­volved with the Learn­ing Cen­tre for many years and has sup­plied fur­nish­ings as well as other items such as a washer and dryer. The club at one time held parties and pur­chased win­ter clothes for the stu­dents.

He said the club sup­ports the com­mu­nity in many ways in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing money to as­sist peo­ple who have to go to Hal­i­fax for a med­i­cal ap­point­ment.

“We spent $2,000 on help­ing peo­ple with travel last year, $100 at a time.”

He said they as­sist many lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and clubs and have also do­nated to many causes over the years in­clud­ing cys­tic fi­bro­sis, mul­ti­ple sclero­sis and the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety.

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