Outings with Christina

By Christina Ivanna

Christina IvannaIf you haven’t checked out our website recently, I invite you to take a tour around the Louis Braille School site. Our webmaster has been weaving magic behind the scenes. Because of her work, we have an amazing website with some really great links. It is more than just a site about our school, our students, and our programs. It shows how much we have grown and how involved we are in the community nearby and at large, and how the community is finding us. It also points to how we are looking to the future. We anticipate posting our second annual benefit auction items on the website for advance review. We have a new and developing blog. We have come a long way!

Our expanded website is taking us to far away people and places. Recently a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, book club wrote to us requesting a braille alphabet card. This exchange turned into a lesson in braille within the club along with a discussion of a Louis Braille biography. With our inviting and accessible website, more and more individuals are becoming aware of the school.

In turn, we are also hosting visitors to our school. Families and their friends are involved in supporting the school in many ways. Children of similar age to our students are joining in activities for a special event, or for ongoing classes. We welcome you all! If you are reading this and know of a family that is home schooling their children, please let them know about the Louis Braille School as a viable addition to their learning program. Children in first through fourth grade would be the best fit.

In the New Year, we are looking forward to more exciting endeavors. Two guide dogs will join our “staff” after the first of the year. In January, we will present a special program on blindness for Everett’s Imagine Children’s Museum; in return, the Museum will make table centerpieces for our spring auction. Also in January, we will take part in a live interview and call-in questions on the Evergreen Radio Reading Service closed-circuit station. In April, we will be hosting a reception and book signing for the author of the newest Louis Braille biography, Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius. Our second annual gala benefit auction will happen in May.

During this season of giving, I would like to personally thank you all for being a part of the Louis Braille School family. We truly appreciate each and every one of you! The children thrive because of your generous involvement and thoughtful caring.

My wishes for a happy holiday season to you all!