'Blind Handyman' coming to Lufkin school

Posted by Paige Stewart - email

Lufkin –Last week second graders at St. Cyprian's Episcopal School learned some techniques the blind use with help from Norma Castillo, Children's Coordinator/Specialist for The Commission for the Blind. Mrs. Castillo even taught the children to read Braille.

This week on Friday, February 5th at 8:30 a.m. Phil Parr, "the blind handyman" will be teaching the class what it actually is like to be blind.  Mr. Parr is a musician, studio engineer and handyman that was born blind in 1940. He is responsible for The Blind Handyman Show a program that came about because of Mr. Parr's love for broadcast radio, his passion for tools and power equipment, and a strong notion that many other blind people share his enthusiasm for independence, especially when it comes to doing home repairs, maintaining the family car, or using power tools safely. To find out more about Mr. Parr, log on to: www.philparr.net.

For the next five weeks on Fridays, the children will learn something new about the world of the blind. On Friday, February 12th and Friday, February 19th, students will be blind-folded for half the day to see how well they've learned the concepts and language. The last Friday of the project the students will write a paper about their experiences.

For more information on the Special Enrichment and Extended Knowledge (SEEK) projects or enrollment at St. Cyprian's School log on to: www.saintcyprians.org or call (936)632-1720.

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