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Readers Are Leader
Celebrates Twenty Years of Success
A Photo Report
Left: Lindsay Upschulte, a three-time contest winner from Illinois, was one of the numerous winners and contest participants who came with their families to participate in the UPS-sponsored twentieth anniversary celebration of the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest and first annual Braille book flea market held at the NFB convention on Monday, June 30, 2003.
Right: 2002 Most Improved winner, Elizabeth Davis of Tennessee, proudly wears her Braille Readers Are Leaders t-shirt as she browses for Braille books at the flea market.
Left: Nadine Jacobson, president of the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB), reviews the Braille agenda before convening the anniversary program. NAPUB, in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) established the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest in 1983.
UPS employee volunteers Terri Foss, Bobbi Shunnarah, and Greg Worthington cheerfully and efficiently box up Braille books for shipment at the first annual Braille book flea market event. They, and several other UPS volunteers, packed and mailed eighty boxes to addresses all over the country. Months in advance of the convention, the volunteers collected and stored sixty-five boxes of Braille books, then transported them to the hotel for the event. The flea market generated over $1,000 in donations which will be used for the 2004 Braille book flea market at the NFB convention in Atlanta.
Left: During the celebration program, Barbara Cheadle (left), President of the NOPBC, presents Cathy Hicks, the Kentucky School for the Blind librarian, with the 2003 Braille Readers Are Leaders “Excellence in Promoting Literacy Award.” For twenty years, Hicks has enthusiastically promoted the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest among the students and staff at the school.
Right: The celebration program convened with a panel titled “Braille Rules” in which three blind youngsters, including seven-year-old Bryce Gitzen from Washington State, entertained the audience with lively presentations which they read in Braille.
Left: Lora Felty, one of the featured speakers on the program for the twentieth anniversary Braille Readers Are Leaders celebration, talks about how the contest helped her decide to pursue a career in Braille. Felty, a Braille teacher who works with blind children in Kentucky, was sixteen when she won third place in the Print-to-Braille category of the 1984-1985 contest.
James Omvig, Treasurer of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF), looks at Braille books from the flea market with Dillon Lohr, a blind youngster from Indiana. Omvig was one of about twenty Braille mentors at the celebration. The AAF donated several boxes of Braille books to the flea market, and several of the AAF officers, such as Omvig, also donated their time at the event as mentors. Over two hundred people, at least fifty of whom were children, attended the anniversary celebration.
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