Children flexed their literacy, creating stories and practicing rhyming words with tactile letters and Braille. One student even wrote a story in Braille about an amusement park that comes to life. She could hardly type quickly enough to keep up as her Braille-proficient friends as they read pages hot off the press!
Field trip culminated to an exciting day paddling in canoes and swimming with the Makapo Aquatics Project. Campers had a blast participating in a sport that is completely accessible for people who are sighted, visually impaired, or blind!
Many children will continue building a strong foundation for independence at Blind Children's Learning Center in the fall. Children can now attend Blind Children's Learning Center through second grade thanks to the recent expansion of the on-site Bright Visions Early Childhood Center program. Other children will transition to public school classrooms, where credentialed Teachers of the Visually Impaired and an Orientation & Mobility specialist will continue to support their education and navigation needs.
View the full gallery of photos taken by Debbie Lefever HERE.
Blind Children's Learning Center thanks the following groups and individuals for making graduation extra special this year:
I am dedicating my first week at BCLC to speaking with staff and learning from both their experience and passion. I have come to better understand how our Center provides a sense of comfort and direction for families in need, while at the same time providing our children with the essential services to guide them towards independence. It is this understanding, along with witnessing the milestones they conquer, that will better prepare me to serve this special organization.
I want to thank this compassionate community of supporters, volunteers, collaborative partners, and community leaders for helping sustain the essential programs of BCLC. With your help, I look forward to extending both the reach and funding of Blind Children's Learning Center, while protecting the very qualities that make it so special. Together we will prepare children with visual impairments for a healthy, happy and independent future.