The Good News Project: Dunnottar, the School for Developmentally Disabled

By: Jonalee Merkel Email
By: Jonalee Merkel Email

Driving through St. Lucia is an adventure.

The roads are wild, the drivers crazier and you just never know what's around the next bend.

"One of the Good News volunteers just appeared at our school one day and he said he'd been driving around and he'd seen the school, he saw the building and he just decided to pop in and see what was going on here and basically that's how it all started," says Carolyn Archibald, Principal of Dunnottar, "We've been going every year since then."

Dunnottar is just one of many places Good News visits year after year, but the reason they keep coming back isn't necessarily because they're needed, rather, it's just a fun place to be and their company's always appreciated.

Dunnottar is a school for developmentally disabled children and young adults.

The 75 students range in age from 5 to 25.

But not matter their age, all are excited to see the Good News volunteers.

Carolyn says, "They enjoy it. They enjoy seeing new, it's new for them to converse with different people, they always come with fun activities, do arts and crafts and all kinds of different things."

Sometimes they teach, sometimes they dance, and sometimes they just jam.

But most of all, they're just there, showing that they care.

Dunnottar's principal says every year, volunteers leave behind new and interesting ways to enhance students' motor and language skills.

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