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Posted by:Dec 3rd 2003, 02:06:38 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFor those of you asking after EEO's various programs in Harbour Island and Eleuthera, here's the latest EEO news:

EEO Grows and Flourishes
The 2003-2004 school year is off to a roaring start with an enthusiastic, dedicated, and skilled staff of EEO teachers and volunteers. Many new faces and energies have been added to our team:

Gloria Banks is our new itinerant teacher for North Eleuthera. She works full time between EEO resource rooms at North Eleuthera Primary in Bluff and Gregory Town Primary. With her energetic and creative approaches toward working with children with special needs children, Gloria has already made a strong impact. Her students have demonstrated academic progress, and their motivation and self-esteem are improving as well. After school, Gloria helps run the EEO Computer Center and holds evening dance classes that are a popular community activity in Gregory Town.

Amanda Thompson of Gregory Town has started volunteering her time at the newly opened resource room at James Cistern Primary. Amanda’s progress has been swift with the support and encouragement of Principal Petty, who is refurbishing a small center for us on the school grounds. Computers and other learning tools have been generously donated by Matt Hoopes and Jim Jordan. Amanda’s manner with children has been a wonderful new addition to EEO.

In the deep south of Eleuthera, Katrena Hall is dedicated to running a resource room two days a week in Weymss Bight. She has been involved with her community through church youth groups and was inspired to work with special needs students by her family and friend, Carnetta Ferguson, former Superintendent of Eleuthera Schools.

Other volunteers in training are: Lorna Thompson, Trishka Knowles, and Patricia Thompson from Gregory Town and Sparkle Rolle from Hatchet Bay. They have been attending workshops and co-teaching with EEO teachers in our resource rooms. With such bright new energy, EEO is able to extend services and expand our hours in the after-school center in Gregory Town.

EEO Seminar Series
On October 18th, Bahamian Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Edwin Demeritte kicked off our 2003-4 seminar series. Dr. Demeritte makes regular visits to the island to evaluate more severely impaired children and to meet with their parents. He discusses therapy or medical interventions with parents often recommends further care for students with his interdisciplinary team of specialists in Nassau. The individual time he takes to meet with each family to explain the child’s needs is a crucial aspect of his approach to link the care from home to that in school.

EEO will host the following seminars and workshops in the coming months:

Mrs. Gail Wisdom, principal of Academia School in Nassau will return to cover strategies on instructing mainstreamed children with special needs. Mrs. Wisdom will help the teachers from across Eleuthera recognize traits of students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and different learning styles and then provide examples on how to accommodate these students in their lesson plans. Date TBD.

Dr. Jodi Marshall, a reading specialist from University of Miami will give a workshop on vocabulary building techniques for teachers at all levels. Information about learning styles and increasing reading skills and comprehension will be included in this interactive seminar. January 16th.

Dr. Judith Gold, project director of project LEARNS from Bank Street College in New York, will give a full day seminar on how to improve reading levels. This unique workshop will focus on a holistic approach to literacy, which includes phonics and reading comprehension. Dr. Gold’s work is widely recognized and we are very pleased to have her share her expertise with us. Date TBD.

EEO Holiday Wish List

This holiday season we would like to thank the generous individuals and organizations who have contributed to EEO. The help of those who care about special education, literacy, and the future of these beautiful islands is so important to us and on behalf of all the teachers, volunteers, and children involved with EEO, we wish you a blessed holiday season.

We are still in need of several items for this school year and would be grateful for your help in acquiring:
• television, VCR
• computerized educational toys for individual work in Math and Reading; e.g. Leap Pad items.
• tape recorders and headphones educational reading/phonics software for computers: grades pre-school to 3rd grade
• sign language dictionary with pictures and signs, comprehensive and in alphabetical order
• Letter People books,, 1-800-227-9120.
--3 classroom sets with take home books. Order #081650, price each $615.00.
--3 picture dictionary sets (30 in each). Order #083851, price each $75.00.
• books on tape
• pencil sharpeners
• dry erase boards and markers
• art markers, colored pencils, crayons
• folders with clips and pockets, in solid colors
• file folders, durable and colored
• nutritious snacks in individual servings, such as dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter and cracker packages, fruit cups, granola bars, etc.
• vehicles (vans, SUVs, or cars)

If you can donate any items, please contact EEO so that we can make arrangements for shipment via Twin Air.

On the Web
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Posted by:Dec 1st 2003, 03:48:41 pm
Fig Tree News TeamYou are invited to an evening of EEO student-composed poetry, dance, and cocktails to benefit Exceptional Education Outreach.

Thursday, December 4th
Sip Sip Restaurant
Harbour Island

More info:

With thanks to: Sip Sip, Bristol Cellars, and Dunmore Deli

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