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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New VSDB Greenhouse

As one of two  USDA grant recipients in Virginia, VSDB has added additional greenhouse space to CROPS, its farm and horticulture program.  With the largest farm-to-school program in the Commonwealth, VSDB students enjoy both horticulture and agriculture work experiences as part of VSDB’s ACHIEVE workforce program as well as learning about the importance of a healthier lifestyle.  

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Milestone for graduate following health battles

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

See the Play at Barter Theatre, Abingdon Virginia

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

A theater event for students grade 1 through 12, co-hosted by Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Virginia Hands & Voices,  Virginia Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, and VSDB Outreach Services

Who can participate:  Students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent from 9:00 am through 2:30 pm and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of four people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

About the event:     View the play, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features:

  • Audio description provided by Access Virginia and nationally certified interpreters will make the play accessible to all
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after
  • Interactive, educational session with Project REAL educators utilizing theatre techniques to integrate the student’s life experiences with career awareness.  (Project Real is provided under a contract with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2017-2018)


Cost: Event and lunch provided free for all registrants confirmed to attend.

Where:     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II)

How to Register: Complete registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/gZtSk3qsy2xzNTgM2 (click on the link, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2018.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.

For more information: Please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!


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Make Your Own Condiments Workshop

A Program of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm

Making your own condiments is easy, cost effective, and fun. Join the farm staff at the VSDB Educational Urban Farm  to learn how to make your own condiments from veggies you grow or buy.  Additionally, we will talk about the hidden ingredients in the condiments that are commonly bought and the nutritional/health differences between mass produced and homemade products.

The workshop will be held down at the VSDB Educational Urban Farm on September 1st from 11-2. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover basic costs. Please bring a packed lunch. 

If you would like to participate, please email Katrina Beitz, VSDB Farm Manager by August 28th at katrina.beitz@vsdb.k12.va.us to register.


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Mobile Dairy Classroom Visits VSDB

Mobile Dairy Classroom truck with cow in truck and woman making presentation, and students sitting on ground in attendance.

The Mobile Dairy Classroom visited VSDB on May 2nd.  Students learned about all of the nutritional benefits of milk and how milk gets from a cow to their tummies.  Students asked a lot of great questions and got to see a milking machine in action with special guest Ellie Mae.  A big thank you goes out to VSDB’s Food Service Manager, Cindy Payne, for bringing this neat and educational experience.

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Amazement Square Children’s Museum

VA Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired and VSDB Outreach Services invite you to join us for a memorable learning experience at

Amazement Square Children’s Museum

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 – 3:00

Amazement Square has four floors and 9 galleries of hands-on, interactive, multidisciplinary exhibits. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs encourage all participants to explore the arts and humanities, culture, science, technology, and their interconnected relationships.

What? Students will meet with staff members of Amazement Square, DBVI, and VSDB Outreach Services for an educational art activity, then joined by other family members for a guided tour of the facility, lunch, and hands-on exploration!  (See http://www.amazementsquare.org/explore/  )

Who is invited?  Virginia students ages 8 – 18 who are deaf or hard of hearing, or with visual impairment, blindness, or deaf-blindness.  Each student may bring one sibling age 8-18 to participate in the initial art activity. Parent(s) are asked to then join us for a guided tour, lunch, and hands-on exploration of the museum!

The deadline for registration is May 7, 2018.  This activity is limited to the first 40 individuals registered (student plus family members). If accommodations other than interpreters are needed, please register as soon as possible to help ensure access.

We hope to see you there!

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