Braille Monitor                 June 2022

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Child Care: NFB Camp

If you are bringing children with you to convention, you may want to register them for NFB Camp. NFB provides child care for children 6 weeks to twelve years during pre-convention meetings, General Sessions, and Banquet. We separate the children into groups by age, and the activities are age appropriate, including lessons from the NFB BELL Academy curriculum.

As we did in past years when Convention was in person, we provided parents with the “Camper’s Curriculum,” which outlines the daily activities for the children. These include: games; arts and crafts; O&M lessons; outside water play; walks to nearby attractions; and of course, BELL lessons. The Camper’s Curriculum will be posted to the Convention page as soon as it is prepared.

Staffing

Each of the Camp rooms is staffed with a Lead Teacher who supervises the staff and children in their room.  These lead teachers are from Carla’s Montessori schools or have been working Camp for many years. All of them have experience working with blind children. The rooms are staffed according to the number and ages of the children in each room. These additional staff are members and family members of the Federation.
 
Carla McQuillan has been the NFB Camp Director since 1996. Carla is the executive director of her Montessori schools in Oregon, and she serves as the President of our Oregon Affiliate and on the National Board of Directors. This year, we are beginning the transition of NFB Camp Director from Carla to Harriet Go.

Harriet is an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches kindergarten through third grade students with a variety of learning disabilities in the areas of reading and math. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s in elementary reading and literacy from Minnesota's Walden University. With more than a dozen years of experience in the classroom, Ms. Go is deeply committed to helping each student reach his or her full potential, academically and emotionally. With a positive attitude, Harriet truly believes that education is a system for creating change and for social good. Harriet has been our BELL Academy Teacher in Philadelphia for many years.  

Deadline to Register for NFB Camp is June 20, 2022.

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