Students with impaired hearing at Miles State Primary School have been given a helping hand from the local Freemasons, allowing them to thrive in the classroom.
Murilla Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland went halves in donating more than $1630 towards three new sound field systems, while Miles Lions Club put in the other half towards the initiative.
Murilla Lodge Secretary Ted Gibbons said the new equipment works by amplifying the teacher’s voice and blocking out background noise, enabling those with a hearing impairment to hear the teacher with greater clarity – empowering them to be more engaged.
“Thanks to these devices, students with a hearing impairment will have the same learning opportunities as their typically hearing peers,” Ted said.
“Also, an improvement in student behaviour will be a by-product of the devices, with less disengaged students,” he said.
“When all these benefits were outlined to us, we knew we had to support the school,” Ted said,
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said helping to improve the education outcomes of children with a hearing impairment aligns with the organisation’s values which focuses on empowering people to lead more independent lives.
“It’s been our pleasure to work with Murilla Masonic Lodge at a grassroots level to fulfil this unmet need in the Miles community,” he said.
“May the hearing-impaired students of Miles State School flourish in their new and improved learning environment,” he said.
Photo: Murilla Masonic Lodge representative Dale Searle, Miles State School Principal Steven Bennett and Miles Lions Club representative Michelle Kerry with Miles State School students.