Helping Hands Learning Center at the Sandy Bank Primary School
Established in Spring 2011 at the Sandy Bank Primary School, the Helping Hands Learning Center is a collaboration between Helping Hands (Canada) who gave a grant to oufit the room with the necessary remedial learning materials and Breds who under the guidance of volunteer and learning developmental specialist Dr. Geoffrey Karlebach implemented the project. The grant enabled the school to refurbish an existing classroom with burglar bars, ceiling fans, lights, chairs, a whiteboard and tables, as well as buy five new desktop computers, educational software, headsets, a math cart (math manipulatives) and reading materials; the classroom also got a facelift by volunteers from Tufts University School of Citizenship and Public Service who painted educational murals on the walls and floors. The center is managed by Mrs. Tallina Taylor and assisted by Mrs. Tatiana Gayle both of whom continue to be paid through funding by Helping Hands. Results from the school have improved substantially since the establishment of the center and the program in general with numeracy scores going from 45% in 2009 to 68% in 2011 (end of year) and literacy 68% in 2009 to 83% in 2012.