by Christina Ivanna
The library is ready for the books to be put on the shelves. The wheelchair ramp has been lovingly constructed and installed by volunteers. The rewiring to meet state code is completed. Lots of hands have been cleaning up and painting the little schoolhouse. There are plants donated by a local nursery planted in our planter box in front of the school. A well-loved rocking chair, a gift from a local businesswoman, awaits its new home in Beth’s Room. The carpet is down; the grab bars are installed in the bathroom. Donations of a trombone, flute, guitar, and didgeridoo have been added to our beginning collection of instruments for the children. Taxidermy animals have taken their places in the schoolhouse.
This past month lots of boxes flew out of the local grocery stores, and volunteers packed up the Louis Braille Center. After nine years on Dayton Street in Edmonds we are moving to a new location at 10130 Edmonds Way. There is easy bus access, several eateries, two Starbucks right across from each other, QFC, a drug store, an antique mall, and other shops within the area.
Presentations about the school and its mission have been made, and are to continue through the next few months, to organizations like the Elks, Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis clubs. Several have gifted us with their time, money, and items from our wish list. Grants are being written for accessible computers, and for help with our tuition assistance fund.
Soon we will welcome our first students to the school. Exciting times! The only remaining step is a pending inspection by the Snohomish County Health Department. This is a real milestone. The tiny, uninhabited, seemingly forgotten rambler between McDonalds and Pagliacci Pizza is finally coming into its own. It has taken many, many months to complete the required code changes, remodeling jobs, and finishing touches. But finally the work has been completed, and the children will be coming. We are looking around thinking, “Shall we put this here or there?” “What fun!” “How can we make this a happy, welcoming, and practical place for the children to learn?”
We look forward to welcoming our first students and beginning the joy of learning. We also look forward to having an open house. Come visit us!