Maples makes Disney magic for Lighthouse students

Special needs students at the Lighthouse School will go on the trip of a lifetime this Easter thanks to the single biggest donation the establishment has ever received.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse pays a visit to students at the Lighthouse School, during a December 2006 Disney Cruise stop to Grand Cayman. Some of the many students who enjoyed the interaction with Minnie were, from left, Yordon Gordon, Jamar Timothy and Mark Ebanks. Photo: Submitted

A trip to Disney World on 5-12 April is going ahead due to a US$25,000 donation by Maples and Calder, said a press release.

The gift follows last year’s launch of the school’s appeal for funds to take pupils to one of Disney’s most popular attractions.

Students and staff also undertook various fundraising activities to help with the trip including garage sales, cake sales, car washes, walks and raffles.

After reading about the school’s efforts in the local media, the law firm’s Human Resources Director, Lynne Banker, came up with the idea of using the firm’s dress down day contributions as a way of raising funds. The school’s endeavours also caught the eye of the Maples Foundation Committee, which decided to donate sufficient additional funds to underwrite the entire trip.

According to the firm the donation is part of its ongoing commitment to investing in the development of children in the Cayman Islands. After speaking with the school’s Deputy Principal, Mrs. Gourzon, it was decided that Maples would donate the outstanding $25,000 to make the trip a reality.

‘The Lighthouse School Disney Trip Committee would like to thank Maples and Calder on behalf of the students for their generous donation towards making the students dream come true,’ said Mrs. Gourzon.

The school in Red Bay is the only government school on the island that provides education to children with special needs. Students range from four to 17-years-old. Mrs. Gourzon said that the idea of the trip came from the school wanting to treat its students to something special. ‘Generally speaking, the students are socially and economically challenged and many have never been to Disney World.’