iPad gifts for Lighthouse School

 

Christmas came early for students at Lighthouse School when a California couple presented every pupil with a new iPad this week. 

The gifts came as students and teachers celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Tuesday. 

The theme of this year’s day is “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all” and to mark the occasion, an open house day at the school for held. 

Cayman residents Chris and Debora Gill took that opportunity to make the contribution to the young students in memory of their son Christopher Logan, who had Downs Syndrome.  

“I wished Logan had the privilege of attending the Lighthouse School,” said Ms Gill as she shared with students some of the wonderful traits of her son. 

“He was a very loving, courageous and outgoing child, he loved to sing karaoke, play sports, swing on tire swings and play one-on-one basketball. In church, he was a beautiful testimony to everyone there by making sure they were fully involved in the service. Sadly, Logan was diagnosed with leukemia and, at the age of 23, he passed away.” 

Ms Gill said Logan taught his parents some great lessons in life. “He taught us courage, patience, perseverances, childlike faith and unconditional love and to redefine in life what is normal. For that, we are grateful,” she said. 

Donating the iPads to the school, Ms Gill said a friend, CJ Moore, had recommended the school when the Gills had asked him about a good charity to support. 

When they contacted the school, they discovered that Lighthouse had an initiative under way to ensure that each student had access to an iPad and offered their help to make this a reality. 

“Like the school, we saw the incredible benefits that iPads have in special needs children,” Ms Gill said. 

Gerald Joseph, Home School Association president, said it seemed like only yesterday that the school embarked on the project to supply the pupils with iPads and for the couple to go out of their way to make it possible was beyond words. 

“When I think of that particular day, it reminds me of my favorite song from a group called Alabama. That song is “Angels Among Us.” Words cannot express the gratitude to Chris and Debora Gill and the Global Way Makers Foundation for what you have done, but it is clear from the faces of everyone the gratitude felt,” Mr. Joseph said. 

Carla MacVicar, the school’s principal, said it was a momentous occasion for the school and the donations of iPads as a learning tool would open many doors for students. 

She also issued a challenge to those coming through the Lighthouse School doors: “Go back and see where you can open doors for the students where they can be more involved in the community, whether it is through job experience, organizations or businesses and just acknowledge them when they are out in public and not shun them.” 

The gifts came as students and teachers celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Tuesday. 

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Lighthouse School students receive a gift of iPads from Debora and Chris Gill, far right. – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY
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