Knowledge First Foundation Funds a Calm Learning Space*

A bright, soft-coloured classroom greeted new and returning students of the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program thanks to a generous donation from Knowledge First Foundation.

Students in the two-year CICE certificate program have developmental or intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder or brain injuries. With Knowledge First Foundation’s gift of $7,000 for classroom upgrades, Fleming College was able to create a calming and collaborative learning space that enhances the college experience for students with learning exceptionalities while helping them retain knowledge and reach their goals.
“The newly renovated classroom is a welcoming environment for CICE students,“ Judith Limkilde, Vice President, Academic. “The room was painted ‘Mellow Blue’ as colour therapy indicates that people on the Autism Spectrum react well to calming hues and we chose tables in shades of eggplant, goldenrod and light green with blue chairs that work well with the pale blue walls.”

With wheels on the tables, students can join their work areas together to promote collaborative work in an active learning environment. New white boards further encourage group work and enable activities that require students share ideas pictorially. The furniture and white boards also enable students who require the use of a wheelchair to actively participate with their peers. New blinds were installed, the floors were refreshed and a new wall mural was designed for the outside the classroom that helps to raise the profile of the CICE program.

“When you provide a beautiful space for students they respect it and they realize that the institution cares about them,” says CICE Program Coordinator Joan Connolly. “They are enjoying the updates to their positive learning space.”

“We are pleased to be the recipients of such generous and meaningful support provided through the Knowledge First Foundation. This funding made a tremendous impact on the success of our CICE students,” said Lyn Giles, Senior Advancement Officer.

When you provide a beautiful space for students they respect it and they realize that the institution cares about them.”
– Joan Connolly

About RESP Payments to designated educational institutions Knowledge First Financial follows guidelines set out in the Canada Education Savings Program: Registered Education Savings Plan Provider User Guide. When funds are left unclaimed or a student does not pursue qualifying post-secondary education, RESP providers must return contributions and education savings grants; any remaining balance is given to an education institution as an RESP payment for use at it’s discretion. *Source: Fleming Ties, Spring 2017. Re-published with permission from Fleming College.

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