Pupils rise over obstacles through support from many

2017-04-04 06:02
Roots pupils with one of the donations by SA Community Crime Watch, SA Cares, Secure Link, Eldorado Spur and Careline Crisis Care Centre. Photo: supplied

Roots pupils with one of the donations by SA Community Crime Watch, SA Cares, Secure Link, Eldorado Spur and Careline Crisis Care Centre. Photo: supplied

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SA Community Crime Watch, SA Cares, Secure Link, Eldorado Spur and Careline Crisis Care Centre arranged a surprise morning of fun and goodies for children at Roots Remedial School on Willow Creek Animal Farm recently.

The school was founded by Hillcrest mother Catherine Clay.

The Willow Tree is a symbol of strength and standing firm, while it faces the greatest of challenges the school offers a firm foundation not only for children, but their families too, making their experience one of balance and growth while learning in harmony.

Clay said while on holiday on a farm in the Drakensberg in December she was watching her daughter feeding birds and counting as she threw seeds for them and it dawned on her that a farm would be the perfect place for a school catering for pupils with learning disabilities.

“We cater for children who are unable to follow the curriculum as well as those who require educational stimulation. In the farm environment children can engage in meaningful learning tasks on a practical level.

“Our pupils have ADHD, autism, Downs Syndrome and developmental disorders, among others. We also offer therapeutic horse riding, sensory cooking classes, art and drama therapy as well as music. We are currently registering as an NGO and rely heavily on donations and volunteers,” she said.

She said at Roots the aim is to offer a multidisciplinary, holistic and eclectic approach, combined with a gentle and natural programme to assist pupils not able to attend mainstream or special needs and/or remedial schools.

Roots will introduce key skills in a tranquil environment while providing a caring environment for those who require a unique approach to learning. However, the school is in need of educational toys, jungle gyms, stationery, desks, chairs. awnings and computer equipment.

To assist or for more information. contact Dave Stofberg on 076 112 7341.

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