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At Kosciuszko school, the fifth graders have been learning about the lives of people who are blind. The students started by learning the selection Mom's Best Friend by Sally Hobart Alexander. The students then handled and looked through the Braille versions of Matilda and Charlotte’s Web. The kids then visited BrailleBug.org. However, the study of people with visual impairments was not complete.
Two people helped the students gain more insights into the daily lives of people who are blind.
Elizabeth Abelson, daughter of Mrs. Abelson, is a teacher who works with students who have visual difficulties. In addition to sending a Braille deck of cards and the two Braille books, she also sent the students a copy of their own name in Braille. Not only could they see their name, but they felt the raised dots and examined the way the dots are organized to make letters.
At a recent visit, Charlotte Gotz, the sub caller for our school district, talked to the fifth graders about her life being blind. She spoke of raising her children, her training at The Seeing Eye, a school that partners and trains people and their dog guides, and her challenges and successes in passing The Casey Law.
“I am amazed how blind people can memorize and read Braille,” said Emily, a fifth grade Kozy student.