Special Needs Summer Carnival

Award Amount: $150.00
Volunteer(s): S. Bender,
Locations(s): Al Amal Center Ramtha, Al Almal Center Hebras, Salah Adin Special Education Society, Al Amal Center Mafraq, Al Manshiya Special Education Society, Alkoura Alshamel Special Education Center
Governorate(s): ,,,
Dates(s): May 2010
Participants: 178 students, 15 university volunteers, 8 PCVs

The Carnival opened with performances by students from each of our centers. One student did a beautiful reading from the Qu’ran, another sang a popular children’s song, and the remaining centers performed various dances. After the “opening ceremonies,” the students were free to roam the gymnasium to the difference activities as they pleased. Each center was in charge of one activity, which was maintained and run throughout the Carnival by both volunteers (Peace Corps and University) as well as the teachers themselves. The Carnival day finished as a shawarma lunch was served.

By putting each center in charge of one activity, the teachers and directors were encouraged to take some responsibility for the planning of the event. Through the planning and designing of each of these activities, teachers and directors from each center were able to see the ways that planning fun activities that still address various social and motor skills can benefit the students. In addition, the activity responsibility section of the Carnival helped each center think outside of the box for their activities. Because of our limited budget, each center was encouraged to design activities that included materials they already had, rather than come up with activities that would involve purchasing new resources (not all centers succeeded at this, but the fact that some did is definitely a small success). Come the day of the Carnival, it was very impressive to see that each center had indeed pulled their weight and come together to provide a plethora of activities for the students to enjoy and participate in.

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