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Monday, June 13, 2011

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children by assisting schools and libraries in Caribbean communities.

I heard about Hands through fellow volunteers who had worked with the organization to build their school libraries and start after-school reading programs. Now,this amazing organization is supporting a new special education teacher-training program I am starting by donating supplies. You can help support my program and this great organization by making a donation in my name here, via their PayPal account. You can also send a check with my name in the memo to:

Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
411 Walnut Street
PMB 4218
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

You’ll receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes and your donation is tax deductible (their IRS tax ID number is 20-5897380 and they are a Massachusetts Public charity listed on the MA Attorney General's website.)

I am really grateful for Hands support as my community partners and I start this new program. Grenada is instituting mandatory secondary schooling for all students beginning in the fall. Up until now, students who didn't pass secondary school (high school) entrance exams were forced to leave school at 16-years-old. Many of these students have undiagnosed mild to moderate learning disabilities and have not received adequate support in school. 
Now, these students will have the opportunity to continue their education. Unfortunately, the majority of secondary school teachers have no training in working with students with special needs. With the influx of lower performing students and students with learning disabilities into their classrooms, these teachers need training in inclusion and special ed.strategies and methods in order to meet the needs of these students and keep their classrooms running smoothly. That's where my program comes in :) The overarching goal of the program is to increase secondary school teachers’ confidence and competence in working with students with special needs through training in a variety of inclusion strategies and building basic understanding of learning disabilities in general.
I'll post more details and pictures of the program once we get started, but for now please, please support our efforts with a donation. Every little bit counts.

Thank you!