Braille Camp 2007

July 16 – 27th, 10 am to 2 pm.
Monday – Friday

Campers met at the Louis Braille School for two weeks of summer fun and learning including crafts, songs, games, special guests, and field trips. Every year Braille Campers agree that the best part of camp is meeting new friends.

2007 Special Braille Camp Events

Saturday, July 14 at Noon – Kick Off
Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Line

This was a special performance for the children attending the Louis Braille School summer Braille Camp. The Drum Line delighted us with their festive drumming and routines. The children were invited onto the field for a hands-on experience.

Monday, July 16
Guide Dogs for the Blind – Puppy Trainers

Puppies training to be guide dogs and their trainers presented a ninety-minute program for Braille Campers. The children learned about guide dogs and the work they do. They helped brush the puppies and walked the puppies with a double leash to one of the trainers. Seeds were planted for future guide dog users! See a short video of news coverage from King 5 TV.

Tuesday, July 17
Swedish Folksongs and Dances

Edmonds vocalist Ruth Pirie came in her authentic Swedish folk costume. The children were invited to touch and see her attire. She led the children in Swedish folksongs and dances and told stories about Swedish life.

Wednesday, July 18
Woodland Park Zoo – Wild Wise Program

Kyle Doane and Nichole Farrow of the Woodland Park Zoo Educational Outreach Department brought with them sample items from the “Smell – Touch – Hear” program. The children were able to feel and smell different kinds of animal parts and listen to animal sounds. No live animals came to camp.

Friday, July 20
Blues in the Schools with James “Curley” Cooke and Annette Taborn

These two wonderful musicians shared their love of guitar and harmonica combined with blues and country songs. The children had the opportunity to sing along, clap, and keep beat with the music. Curley and Annette are becoming regular visitors at the Louis Braille School.

Monday, July 23
Edmonds ceramic artist Michael Tanis

Michael led children in making a “can’t fail” clay project they can take home and show their families. Michael enjoys working with clay and with individuals who are visually impaired. He has been a generous donor to the school with his time and clay supplies.

Tuesday, July 24
Drumming with Simone LaDrumma

Simone has been a professional drummer and dancer for many years. The children experienced the joy of drumming on different sizes of drums, as well as moving to a variety of rhythms.

Wednesday, July 25
Field trip to Edmonds Fire Station #17 in downtown Edmonds

The campers have made several visits over the years to the Edmonds fire station. Each visit is great fun and produces many joyful memories for children and fire station staff.

Friday, July 27
Once again we had Blues in the Schools with James “Curley” Cooke and Annette Taborn. They brought guitar and harmonica music and joyful singing of the blues to the children. Curley and Annette are masters at involving the children in the music and lyrics of the tunes they play.