SKN EDUCATION MEDIA UNIT – EMU·WEDNESDAY, 27 MARCH 2019(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 27, 2019: The Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School is the recipient of a 50″ Sharp Aquos Smart TV, donated by the proprietors of City Dental on Tuesday 26th March. Showing their commitment to the enhancement of the community, Drs. Trevor Christmas and Randy Liburd of City Dental highlighted the fact that investing in the community is a great way to re-invest in those who have helped support their business. During brief remarks at the office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards, Dr. Christmas announced that working with students with special needs has always brought a pleasant feeling of connectedness and satisfaction that led to the donation. He also revealed that persons with disabilities, particularly young children, are the most vulnerable individuals within the community and are prone to having difficulties with their oral health. Not caring properly for teeth can lead to issues later on in life that may mean dental implants, and a single dental implant can cost up to six thousand dollars, looking at that could worry anyone. To this extent, he revealed that City Dental will also provide other resources promoting good oral health and hygiene practices to the school. “We would provide educational videos to assist them with their oral health,” stated Dr. Christmas. He continued, “If we are able to start a preventative act in terms of getting them to take care of their teeth, I am certain that we can eliminate extractions and operating theatre visits.” Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards was present to witness the ceremony. He advised those present that initiatives such as this improve education, training opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities, and implored, “It is a matter of ensuring that persons with disabilities are given the necessary resources and attention, by us all to develop themselves fully.” He added, “The Federation cannot fully develop unless we take into account all of it’s citizens,” he declared.”The Minister ended by expressing appreciation. “We (Ministry of Education) want to extend our gratitude to the staff of City Dental for this timely donation.” Present at the ceremony to receive the donation were, Principal of Cotton Thomas Comprehensive, Charmaine Blanchette accompanied by two students and one staff member, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, William Hodge.