School edging closer to special needs play area

School edging closer to special needs play area

Caledonia Chili Cookoff: Getting to know the 2019 recipients

By Shane Mahoney

The Haldimand Press

CAYUGA—A new Haldimand tradition is continuing to help children with special needs.

On April 2, 2019 (World Autism Awareness Day) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. JL Mitchener Public School in Cayuga will host its annual spaghetti dinner to raise money for a new playground. Spearheading the campaign is Kerry Corbett, Autism Spectrum Disorder teacher for JL Mitchener, who describes her kids’ current play area as being like a jail pen, with no shade, no grass, and no play equipment.

Since last year’s spaghetti dinner, Corbett says people throughout Haldimand have shown a tremendous amount of support: “Community businesses have been terrific, including the local grocery stores like Cayuga Foodland. I was contacted by a lawyer last year who represented a woman who’d passed away; she’d been a teacher with no heirs and she’d left her estate and trust to help children in Haldimand with special needs and they gave me $5,000 up front, with another $5,000 when I break ground.”

Corbett has also been approached by a designer who has volunteered his time to help design the new play area.

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