This week we have been working hard to give a face lift to the Center for Exceptional Learners here in Governors Harbour. Thanks to a very generous donation from Mr Simon Hitchins – based in Monaco – but a regular visitor to Eleuthera – the school is getting a revamp of the exterior.
Simon’s vision was to make the school stand out more and to be more visually appealing. He feels that it is very important to the morale of everyone at the school – teachers and pupils alike – that they feel lifted by the experience of seeing the school every day – how much nicer to arrive at an attractive place rather than a run down and shabby one.
His reasoning is as well that somewhere that catches the eye in a positive way is more likely to gain a higher profile in the community and as a result raise awareness of the plight of both the school and the children.
So a design was produced – major thanks of course to Mr Bob Colman – who of course is my own dear husband ! and work got underway this week with a team of our workers.
The Principal of the school – the amazing Mr William Holland- was delighted of course with the whole idea of raising the profile of the school where he works incredibly hard. His is an extremely difficult task but one that he tackles with grace and humor – the balance of teaching and administration is a difficult one as any teacher or Principal with agree with……
Probably the most important thing needed was a new and safer entrance. There is one pupil who attends the school who is in a wheelchair – and although there was a ramp it was way too steep and dangerous. So the existing one was pulled out – along with the gate – and a much gentler one was constructed.
The chain link fence was taken down and is being replaced with wooden fencing. Local landscape designer and contractor Mr Doyle Sands was commissioned to produce an attractive planting plan again to soften and enhance the look outside and a new sign will shortly be produced.
General smartening up of the whole exterior of the building is underway as well. More pictures to follow of course of the finished gussying up – it will be very pretty !
Huge thanks again to the very generous and thoughtful Mr Simon Hitchins who was visionary enough to realize the impact of our closest environments and how we are affected by them…..