Future Reflections                                                                                      Summer/Fall, 2002

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Honor Roll of Schools for the Blind

2001 - 2002 Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest

by Nadine Jacobson, President
National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

Congratulations are in order to the following 17 specialized schools for the blind! These schools made a special effort to promote the contest and, with one exception, had 5 or more students enter the 2002 contest.

The list would not be complete without the names of the teachers, librarians, or other staff members at each school that coordinated and/or promoted the contest in their schools. Many of these individuals also acted as the certifying authority for the students. (The certifying authority is responsible for keeping track of what each student read and for filling out and sending in the entry forms—no small task!)They truly deserve a moment in the spotlight for all the extra, behind-the-scenes support they
provide to their students!

Note: For comparison purposes, we first list the number of contestants from the school followed by the approximate total enrollment of that school (as reported to the contest judges).

Arizona State School for the Deaf
 and the Blind
23 participants/ 116 enrolled
Debbie Hartz, English Teacher

Georgia Academy for the Blind
5 participants/ 160 enrolled
Janice Polmatier, Fourth Grade Teacher

Kansas State School for the Blind
15 participants/  58 enrolled
Janet Taylor, Librarian

Kentucky School for the Blind
20 participants/  80 enrolled
Cathy W. Hicks, Media Specialist

Louisiana School
for the Visually Impaired
16 participants/ 42 enrolled
Jerilyn M. Woodson, Librarian

Missouri School for the Blind
30 participants/ 130 enrolled
Patricia Schonlau, Braille Teacher

Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
4 participants/ 25 enrolled
Nancy Getten, Teacher

Ohio State School for the Blind
12 participants/ 125 enrolled
Cecelia Peirano, Elementary Coordinator

Oklahoma School for the Blind
16 participants/ 89 enrolled
Sandra J. Helbern, Library Director

South Carolina School for the Blind
16 participants/ 53 enrolled
Terri Randolph, Teacher

St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairment
10 participants/ 28 enrolled
Sister M. Margaret Fleming, Principal

Washington State School for the Blind
10 participants/ 70 enrolled
Greg Meader, Principal

Colorado School for the Blind
9 participants/ 90 enrolled
Marianne Arnold, Librarian  and
Tammy Laskowski, Teacher

Maryland School for the Blind
24 participants/ 180 enrolled
Del Simmons, Librarian

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
5 participants/ 28 enrolled
Holly Brooks, Teacher

West Virginia School for the Blind
6 participants/ 57 enrolled
   Paula McIntyre, Teacher

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