Toy donation a festive occasion School gets a lucky windfall

CHRISTMAS has certainly come early for children at Mainsbridge School after Forrest Lawn Memorial Park donated boxes of toys last Wednesday.

The school in Liverpool provides individual educational programs to students who have moderate-to-severe intellectual disabilities, from kindergarten to year 12.

The facility features gross motor and softplay rooms, a multi-sensory room, outdoor play areas and interactive whiteboards to cater to the needs of 116 students.

Forrest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery and crematorium in Leppington recently donated the toys from its annual Christmas party.

More than 20 brand new items suitable for children of all ages were donated to the school.

Forrest Lawn Memorial Park family services manger Rob Matta said the company wanted to give something back to the community.

"We're about servicing the community. We have this Christmas party every year, and this year we wanted to give the presents to a local organisation," he said.

Mainsbridge principal Marienne McLean said the toys would be used as part of the school's sensory, motor and communication programs.

She said the toys would help the children's learning processes and would develop their skills.

"It's very warming and overwhelming to have people thinking of us," she said.

"These toys will help motivate the children to learn. We teach them recreational strategies to get the most of out their play.

"We can teach them the different functions, sounds and colours on the toys, they will learn how to take turns and develop their social and fine motor-skills."

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