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Special Projects for those with Special Needs

Close to 60 students from Project CABIN took part in a service learning competition, or learning through community service, and reached out to children with special needs.

Organised by Singapore Children’s Society Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah), Project IMPACT 2014, which ran from March to May, brought the Society’s beneficiaries together with 68 students from APSN Katong School, which offers special education.

The participants got involved in projects to beautify APSN Katong School including landscaping, painting, restoration, visual design or providing logistical support, and also conducted outreach activities by befriending and working with the special needs students.

“Through this project, I learnt to respect students with special needs,” said Seng Kang Secondary School student Dexter Yip, 15, who was participating in Project IMPACT for the first time. “The team and I also learnt resilience and integrity, and to be confident in our own abilities.”

Dexter was part of the winning team from Seng Kang Secondary School. Their project, which included painting APSN’s concrete flower bed and working with the special needs students to perform a skit entitled ‘Respect and Responsibility’, clinched the top award.

Teams from Bowen Secondary School and Shuqun Secondary School won second and third place respectively.

All winners received trophies, certificates and prize hampers.

APSN’s students also said they had a lot of fun, adding that they hoped the participants would return.

Project IMPACT, which has been held since 2011, is aimed at building resilience, cultivating a sense of responsibility and instilling respect for diversity among participants through projects that give back to the community. Its participants have previously worked with old folks, residents in children’s homes, and animals.

Well done, winners! 

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