Lurgybrack National School in Letterkenny welcomed four pupils with Autism when the newly established Autism Class opened in September 2013.
As they end their first year and begin their final term, class teacher, Kate Boyle, reflects upon how the boys, aged 5-7 yrs have settled in to their new surroundings.
“The boys have coped very well with the facilities in what was originally intended to be the school library. The books and shelves were relocated in the upper part of the new school, and the room was set up as a classroom to accommodate the boys.
“With more children enrolled in the class this coming September, the school has been given the green light to commence work on a purpose-built unit attached to the main building, which will begin during the school holidays.
“With the need for additional resources to supplement the growing educational need of the children, school principal Ann Foxe and myself are delighted with an offer of a fundraising event from one of the parents,
Linda Clarke (mum of Taylor). Our families are all wonderful and very supportive. We work as a team with the boys as the main focus of all we do. When Linda approached us about raising funds through a 5k family fun run and walk, we were delighted to accept and pledged our full support.
Linda is hopeful that the event will attract 5k regulars in the town, the school and the community who would like to help raise much-needed funds.”
The 5k family fun run and walk will take place this Sunday, May 18, beginning at 3pm from Letterkenny Bernard McGlinchey Town Park. Registration is from 2pm, 5 euro per child, 10 per adult and 20 euro per family.
There will also be spot prizes and a fancy dress section. Refreshments will be provided.
Should you or your company be in a position to sponsor any of the prizes for the participants, please contact the school on 9125455, as all offers will be greatly appreciated!’
“We are hoping that people will come along and support the cause,” says Linda.
The route for the fun run/walk will be as follows: Start in Letterkenny Town Park., up to Knocknamona Roundabout, down Business Park Road, past the Creamaery, back in past Ballyraine School, up DeValera Rd and finishing back at the Park.