Bell School for the Deaf students prepare Fall 2016 shipment



Project Little Spark enjoyed working with Mr. Coleman’s class at the Bell School for the Deaf to prepare our next shipment of donated supplies.

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The boys were quite serious about the color choices for their art projects!

Mr. Coleman and his kids learned about St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) as well as their global peers from The School for Children with Special Needs (SCSN) in SVG.  They were excited to send their peers well wishes. When asked to predict how the children might feel when they opened their package and knew someone in Chicago was thinking about them, one of the boys signed, “happy smile happy good”.  We decided that sums up the feeling pretty well!  We then had fun making art work to include in the Fall shipment.

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Thanks to all who donated supplies over the last few months. We collected supplies valued at ~$300 to send to SCSN in this shipment. Your ongoing generosity and support are very much appreciated.

To quote one of our kids :  “thanks for the giving”, and, as always, keep sparking on!

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Have audiometers, will travel…

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Our SHOEBOX audiometers have arrived-small enough for remote travel and set up as well as Henry approved!

Preparations are in the works for The SHED Project, a Speech and Hearing Early Detection (SHED) clinic, and we’re excited to share that we recently received our first shipment from SHOEBOX audiometry.  SHOEBOX generously offered a significant discount for our project; consequently, we are now able to provide two audiometers for the first clinic set up in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).  More updates to follow…

The SHED Project:

1. Provides speech & hearing screening as well as hearing aid wellness clinics in Kingstown and Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)

2. Provides caregiver and teacher training at the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown, SVG and the Sunshine School in Bequia, SVG (two partner schools with Project Little Spark)

3. Trains local persons to serve as audio-techs to ensure project sustainability without needing to rely on experts from abroad

The SHED Project is supported in part by funding from The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust.

“Little Spark”: Chicago-SVG

Mr. Coleman’s first grade class from the AlexandeColeman class from Bell School for Deaf_worked on first shipment to SVGr Graham Bell School for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in Chicago, IL is sharing supplies and writing cards to their peers from The School for Children with Special Needs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Through this process, they are learning about giving as well as how some children live and go to school in the Caribbean.  The first shipment of school supplies and personal cards from Mr. Coleman’s kids was successfully delivered in early 2015!  We are excited to continue their work and plan a second, larger shipment before the end of the current school year.

More details and updates will follow…