New extension opened at Jonah Project

Robert Dawson,Brendan Gallagher,Jean Underwood,Bill Sullivan,Tom Murphy,Ann Cusack,Liam Cusack                                  Charlie Maher
Staff, students and their parents welcomed an Americal philanthropist to their school last Wednesday for the opening of the new extenstion

Staff, students and their parents welcomed an Americal philanthropist to their school last Wednesday for the opening of the new extenstion

82-year-old Bill Sullivan travelled from San Diego to open the new building at the Jonah Project, Slieverue and meet the children and their parents.

He opened the new extension which includes sensory rooms and modern equipment and after the opening there was a social gathering to celebrate the event.

The Jonah Project is a school for children with Autism and Complex Needs. It was established by parents in 2002 and funded as a pilot school until 2010 when it became a fully funded school under Department of Education control.

The school has nine pupils ranging in age from eight to 15 and is one of 13 schools throughout the country who offer an evidence behavioural approach to teaching children with autism. Bill Sullivan is a founder of the Waterford/ Rochester Sister Cities Charity Golf Tournament which has donated in excess of $50,000 over the years.

For more information see www.jonahproject.ie