On Friday, 4 April 2014, before Free Comic Book Day, Atom Comics donated around 300 popular comics, from Marvel and DC, to Canossian School – a special education school supported by Community Chest – in an effort to encourage reading and to raise awareness of the needs of the students.
Canossian School is a special school for hearing impaired children. They use the Natural Auditory Oral Approach (NAO) in the education of hearing impaired children. This approach emphasizes on maximizing the residual hearing of the children through a comprehensive listening programme and the development of spoken language. The school aims to help pupils reach their full potential linguistically and academically, so that they can be included into mainstream schools and later on into society.
The donation was done as a pre-cursor to Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops around the world give away comic books to anyone who comes into their stores.
This year FCBD will be celebrated in Singapore on 3 May 2014. In the spirit of the Care & Share Movement, a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest, Atom Comics brought the comics to the children at the Canossian School in addition to giving out free comic books on FCBD at their store.
As part of the day’s events, the students had the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favourite superheroes to add to the occasion.
Canossian School will also encourage its students to take part in a drawing competition where students will have their art pieces voted by members of public on FCBD, at Atom Comics.
Comics are a great platform to encourage children to take up reading. It is a very visual experience that really engages the imagination. The work done by the Canossian School to help their students integrate into society is admirable. Through the art competition we hope to engage the children to express their creativity, interest in the Arts and hopefully brighten their day Mr. Bruce Doral-Boudville, Director, Atom Comics
Canossian School believes in collaborating with partners to create rich learning opportunities for our pupils. Through the collaboration with Atom Comics, our pupils will have the opportunity to enjoy reading comics and participate in the art competition. The pupils will also be able to share on their favourite superheroes. The staff of Atom Comics will gain insights into the lives of hearing impaired pupils and realise that they are just like any other children who enjoy comics and superheroes. Ms. Terry Theseira, Principal, Canossian School.
The art pieces developed by the students of Canossian School will be up for voting by members of public at Atom Comics. As part of the collaboration with Canossian School, Atom Comics will raise funds for the school by collecting donations through Community Chest’s donation box placed at Atom Comics store in April and May this year. I personally, was really inspired by these kids. They’re really sharp, intelligent and so willing to be heard… which is not easy.
You Can donate in two ways and we really hope that you can spare a thought (and some cash) for these great kids.