Passing of VSDB’s Former Superintendent

It is with great sadness that we share of the passing of VSDB former Superintendent, Sheldon Melton (1978-1991). Superintendent Melton was instrumental in VSDB’s 175th Anniversary, assisting in the opening of the time capsule that had been buried in front of Main Hall. He spoke at that time of his goal of trying to get the students home more often and shared a story of putting a toy “ET” doll in the time capsule to represent his efforts for the students to “go home” more often.

Superintendent Melton was a leader who is remembered fondly by VSDB for his dedication and commitment to the students, families, staff, and to the mission of VSDB. Please see the link below for visitation and funeral information. The visitation will be this Sunday from 2-4:00pm at Henry Funeral Home and the funeral will be Monday at 1:00pm.…/Sheldon-Melton/Memories

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VSDB Student Wins 1st in HOSA Competition

HOSA Certificate

One of VSDB’s students, Danyeal Davis, attends Valley Career and Technical Center (VCTC) for half of her school day. Recently, she participated in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Challenge for Veterinary Assistants and won 1st place! This could lead to Danyeal attending the state competition. Congratulations Danyeal!

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VSDB Music Group to Honor Martin Luther King

VSDB’s music group, The Jammers, will be performing at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Celebration at First Presbyterian Church in Staunton on Monday, January 20th from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The program will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Our blind and visually impaired middle and high school students will be participating as part of the Community Gospel Choir.

We’d love to see you there!

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What is it like to be blind in Staunton? White Cane Day brings awareness

If you know how the streets of Staunton look, you might not know how they feel or sound. In celebration of White Cane Day, the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired hosted the second annual walking tour of the town using blindfolds and long white canes.


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Photo Credit: Leanna Smith from The News Leader

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State superintendent impressed with VSDB, Staunton’s ‘hidden gem’

“I call VSDB the ‘hidden gem’ in Virginia,” said Patricia Trice, superintendent at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton. “People still don’t know what we do or that we’re here.”

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Photo Credit: Shannon Kelley at The News Virginian

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Recognizing “White Cane Day”

The Staunton City Council recently made the proclamation that Oct. 15, 2019 will be recognized as White Cane Day.  This was made official on Oct. 10 during a City Council meeting.  In attendance were VSDB, The Department of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Staunton Library’s Talking Book Center.

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VSDB’s Julie Connor Receives National Award

One of our incredible teachers, Julie Conner, was recognized and awarded as the National Teacher of the Year for students who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities. Last week, Julie had her big night at the awards ceremony to officially recognize all of her efforts and achievements. Thank you to our principal, Keith VanFossen, for nominating her, and to Julie for her work at VSDB! She was the featured speaker at the ceremony and made VSDB proud to be nationally recognized for the expertise that we are known for. Great job Julie!

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LEAD-Mongolia Visits VSDB

For the third year and in collaboration with the University of Virginia, VSDB welcomed LEAD-Mongolia to its campus on September 12th. LEAD-Mongolia is an organization that strives to strengthen democracy and improve civic engagement in its country. Each year, the organization sends a delegation of fellows to tour the United States to learn about educational and government programs and services so that when they return home, they are better able to support their mission. The group of approximately 35 fellows toured VSDB school and residential programs and joined the students for dinner. VSDB looks forward to this continued partnership and to hosting the group again in the future!

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VSDB Urban Farm Harvest

As students return to school, VSDB’s Urban Farm is in full swing! Emily Row worked through the summer, ensuring the students had a bounty of crops waiting for them to nurture and harvest. These beautiful herbs and veggies will be sold in VSDB’s weekly Farmer’s Market to students and staff, or will make their way to the cafeteria to make fresh meals for the students.

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