Abaco Special Needs School Reopens with Virtual School


After months of rebuilding, the special education school Every Child Counts in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is operational once again and fully transitioned to virtual learning. The Lyford Cay Club Charitable Trust (LCCCT) donated 40 tablets and keyboard, equipped with Aliv data plans, to enable students to participate in virtual learning. “The national transition to virtual school has been challenging enough, so just consider the added challenges that a school for learning-disabled children have to face. The Lyford Cay Club Charitable Trust continues to look for underserved areas to provide support and fill the gaps in the community. We were happy to recognize the amazing work being done by Every Child Counts and provide financial support to get the school back on its feet and students equipped with the tools they needed to be successful at e-learning, ” said Katherine Elza of the Lyford Cay Club Charitable Trust.

Nicole DeNardin, ECC Development Coordinator,describes the story of the school as a “Phoenix rising from the ashes”, for Hurricane Dorian reduced 20 years of work and support to rubble. “We have all shed tears over our beloved school, the most devastating loss being the death of one of our teachers who perished during the storm. Yet, we still have hope in our hearts for the full return of Every Child Counts. That hope is being manifested in the form of charitable organizations,” said Ms DeNardin.

“The donation from the Lyford Cay Club Charitable Trust allowed us to provide virtual education and support to our students during these uncertain times, and we are so very grateful for the support,” she said, while adding that organizations were providing additional boots on the group to continue rebuilding damaged structures. “Without our amazing donors, we would not be able to reestablish the physical structures and operate the school. We can never fully express our deep gratitude to those who are
thinking of us and giving financially,” said Ms DeNardin.

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