Co­laiste Choilm fundrais­ing funds equip­ment for ASD unit

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A huge fundrais­ing ef­fort at Co­laiste Choilm CBS has man­aged to raise €5,000 over the last year and is a third of the way to­wards its tar­get to buy €15,000 worth of equip­ment for the Co­laiste Choilm CBS Crannog ASD (Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der) Cen­tre.

A fundrais­ing com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished for the task in Jan­uary of 2018 and has been work­ing hard ever since.

Un­der the holis­tic vi­sion of the five el­e­ments of the ERST (Ed­mund Rice Schools Trust) Char­ter Co­laiste Choilm CBS strives to pro­vide ef­fec­tive learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all stu­dents with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs (SENS). The ASD stu­dents take classes such as: liv­ing in the com­mu­nity; pre­par­ing for work; per­sonal care: lit­er­acy and, nu­mer­acy, to pre­pare them for life af­ter school fin­ishes.

To date the com­mit­tee has raised over €5,000 through no-uni­form days, tea morn­ings, and the Dublin Air­port Com­mu­nity fund.

For a six week pe­riod in Au­gust and Septem­ber the Crannog ASD Cen­tre was part of the Tesco Com­mu­nity Fund pro­gram in Air­side, Swords. This was or­gan­ised by the store man­ager Ms. Ellen Nulty, and the co­or­di­na­tor of the Crannog ASD Cen­tre in the school Mr. Fer­gal Co­hen. Ev­ery time shop­pers paid for their gro­ceries they re­ceived a blue good­will to­ken which they then dropped into one of three fundrais­ing char­i­ties as they left the store. Mr. Co­hen ex­pressed his grat­i­tude and thanked Tesco, Ms. Nulty, and the lo­cals who shopped there, and thought of the school as they left the store for their gen­eros­ity.

The money raised so far has been used to buy five touch screen lap­tops for the stu­dents which now means that all ASD stu­dents have ac­cess to a com­puter. This is hugely im­por­tant in de­vel­op­ing their typ­ing and fine mo­tor skills, as well as skills in word, and dig­i­tal lit­er­acy.

The Autism Cen­tre is now in its fourth year. In May 2018 the new Autism Cen­tre which is called the Crannog was of­fi­cially opened by the Arch­bishop of Dublin, Dr. Diar­maid Martin.

Cheque pre­sen­ta­tion to Co­laiste Choilm at Tesco Air­side.

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