Residents of three Donegal nursing homes are set to receiving heart-warming gifts this week thanks to St. Bernadette’s Special School.
The Letterkenny pupils have decided to mark International Day of Older Persons with a kind project connecting them with older people in Donegal.
The young pen-pals have been busy creating letters, cards and artwork which will be delivered to nursing homes in Ramelton and Fahan this Thursday.
The recent restrictions in Donegal sparked the outreach idea, according to John Haran, Principal of St. Bernadette’s Special School: “We’ve all had a tough few months and the new restrictions in Donegal will mean a lot of people won’t be able to get to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends in care homes, so we just wanted to do something to bring a little bit of colour to peoples’ day.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons and the 2020 theme aims to highlight the important contributions older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.
Mr Haran added: “As we have come to learn, our older generation are at huge risk from Covid-19, so it’s important that we look after them and play our role in supporting them in whatever way we can. Massive thanks to the teachers and SNA staff who helped bring the idea to life and well done to the children who worked immensely hard on their letters and artwork. We hope they bring joy and happiness on International Day of Older Persons and who knows, it could be the start of a special pen-pal friendship.”
Located on the College Farm Road, Letterkenny, St. Bernadette’s Special School caters for children throughout the county aged between 4 – 18 with mild learning difficulties. The school follows the national primary curriculum ensuring children get an excellent primary school education experience catered towards their needs. They also roll out a Junior Certificate equivalent called JCL2 and a School Leavers’ Programme, meaning students graduate with a certified certificate.
“St. Bernadette’s Special School is a great school choice for children with mild learning difficulties and our expertise and experience gives students a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that 100% supports them and their needs. Our small class numbers mean our students get the right care, attention and focus throughout the day and we work with the right agencies and bodies to ensure every student gets what they need in terms of support. We cater for children living throughout Donegal so if anyone would like to find out more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here. We are more than happy to help”, John added.