Warwick East special education unit representative Jill Cumming, with Rotarian Larry James and pupils in front of the smartboard.
Warwick East special education unit representative Jill Cumming, with Rotarian Larry James and pupils in front of the smartboard.

Rotary raises money for smartboard

WHEN Warwick East State School pupil, Paul, first read out loud to his class, it melted the hearts support staff in the Special Education Unit.

Completely paralysed, Paul can only move his head and, for the first time, he was able to show off his skills thanks to the unit’s smartboard.

Rotary Club of Warwick was so moved by the story, it decided to raise 50 percent of the cost of a brand new board so even more special needs pupils can benefit from the interactive facility.

Larry James is a member of the Rotary Club of Warwick and also works at the school as a support assistant. He said, following the unit’s presentation to Rotary on the smartboard, they immediately realised the benefits and were keen to help raise funds.

So, when you buy chips at the rodeo or Christmas carols from Rotary Club of Warwick kiosks, remember those dollars will go towards the $7000 needed to help children like Paul.

The rest of the money will be raised by the Variety Club and through school fundraising activities.

Jill Cumming from the unit said, “It’s very important for the children. Some of them have visual problems, this screen is nice and big so they can see well.

“It’s interactive so they can move things around, touch and listen to music.”

The drawing and painting options are particularly popular with pupils.

Around 23 children use the unit at present and Maria Malone, who also works in the unit, said, “One of the moments when we thought, ‘wow this really is unbelievable,’ was when Paul was able to read to the rest of the class”.



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