On Thursday April 26th, the Blindness and Low Vision unit of the Understanding Our Differences program was presented to the 3rd grade. Students learned about various adaptive equipment people with blindness and low vision use in their daily lives; e.g. they got to use a brailler to print their names, and practiced to walk around with their eyes closed while holding on to a sighted friend. We also showed a very beautiful and informative video about kids with blindness and low vision, and what their lives are like. And last but not least the kids got to listen to our very own 3rd grade parent speaker, Kyle Shachmut, who shared his own personal story and answered all of the students’ thoughtful questions. We would like to thank our amazing volunteer team of Ruth Sakakeeny, Maureen Oates, Koen Pauwels, Eleni Firkusny, Dean Xerras, Ben Raynes, Heather Friedman, Leslie Perlow, Mari Young, Penny Sullivan, Betsy Lanjuin, and Jenni Acosta – you guys completely rocked it! We would also like to thank all our 3rd grade teachers, along with Jeff Torch, Jennifer Reed, and our principal Jake Bultema, who helped make this program a success.
If you are interested in volunteering for our next unit on Deafness and Hard of Hearing, which will be presented on Thursday May 17th from 9am to 11am, please sign up here, https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0a4dadad22a1fd0-volunteers1.