Students at the Woodlawn School of Special Education, in Mandeville, Manchester, paid tribute to the National Heroes, on October 14, by rendering cultural items, as part of Heritage Day celebrations.
The students, who are intellectually and physically challenged, sang, danced and performed skits to celebrate the nation’s seven National Heroes. Also participating in the event were parents of the students, teachers at the institution and members of the Manchester Chapter of the National Council for Senior Citizens.
Principal of the school, Ms. Yvonne Snowball, told the gathering that celebrating the National Heroes is about encouraging those who are young, to persevere and stand for something positive. “Heritage is about struggles, achievements, and the experience of all our National Heroes, speaks to something that can inspire us today, in anything positive that we are engaged in,” she said.
Members of the Manchester Chapter of the National Council for Senior Citizens, entertain the audience, at the Woodlawn School of Special Education, in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 14, to celebrate Heritage Day.
In her greetings, Executive Director of the Jamaica Association for Mental Retardation (JAMR), Ms. Grace Duncan, said the period for Heritage celebration helps to showcase many accomplishments in the country, “and to remind us about the good things about us.”
The Woodlawn School of Special Education provides vocational and adaptive skill training for children and youth with intellectual disabilities from six to 18 years. The institution works in partnership with parents and community members to promote aware, active and responsible adults who are able to communicate with those around them, and to be contributing and participating members of the society.