Every year Young North Public School’s (YNPS) Student Representative Council (SRC) raises funds for a focus disability with the help and support of the teachers and school community.
In 2015 YNPS raised funds for Muscular Dystrophy with much success. This year they chose Autism – a condition that is close to the school’s heart with a number of current and former students on the spectrum. There are also several staff members who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
In week four of this term, YNPS held a fete where all funds raised would go towards the SRC’s chosen organisations. In the week leading up to the fete students and staff shared fascinating stories that helped build understanding and appreciate the valuable contributions made by people who have been diagnosed as being on the spectrum.
Principal, Kel Smerdon, said there is no doubt living with and educating people with a disability brings some challenges. However, the innovation, strong relationships and passion that comes out of meeting these challenges rewards schools with a capacity to be truly flexible, caring and inclusive.
A special mention must be made to YNPS’s dedicated learning Support officer, Mrs Angela Martin, who Kel said is the driving force behind organising this event.
The event raised and amazing $1000 which the SRC and school decided to share with the local Elouera Special School in Cootamundra as well as non-city based ASPECT schools on the Central Coast and South Coast for their ASD students.
"On behalf of the Students and Staff of the Elouera Special School I would like to thank everyone at Young North Public School for their amazing gift to our students,” Elouera Association Inc CEO, Allan Young, said.
“There is nothing more special than kids helping kids.”
Aspect South Coast School principal, Bruce Rowles, sent a letter expressing his gratitude to the YNPS community. The school will use the funds to purchase two new iPads for students to use within the school’s learning program. The iPads will be put to very good use.
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