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PERQUIMANS COUNTY SCHOOLS

Billboard helps with 'Child Find' project

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From staff reports

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Exceptional Children's Department for Perquimans County Schools has designed and erected a billboard to help find children with disabilities before they begin school.

The Project Child Find program, coordinated by Perquimans County Schools and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction aims to reach children with disabilities ages birth through 21.

Kanika Griffin, director of Exceptional Children, said her staff needed to expand public awareness and find another way to identify and locate children with disabilities.

Griffin said that the Exceptional Children’s Department is seeing an increase in the number of students with disabilities and that best practice is to catch students before they enter school. For more information regarding Project Child Find, contact Kanika Griffin at (252). 426.5741, ext. 234.

She said that her department has used traditional methods such as brochures, posters and letters to inform the public of available services, but they were still missing part of the population.

Griffin said that she began to think of ways to reach a broader audience and that is when she came up with the idea of a billboard.

Rather than using outside help “I utilized the creativity within my department to design the billboard,” Griffin said. She enlisted the help of Perquimans Central School’s Exceptional Children’s teacher Stephanie Crank who constructed two hands holding glasses with silhouettes of children seen through the lens.

Griffin said it was perfect for the message so she collaborated with R.O. Givens Signs Inc. and then picked the location.

“We all know that Highway 17 is well traveled and that natives of Perquimans County will see the billboard returning from their daily activities so we chose a southbound location.”

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