VSDB Honors Fallen Military Personnel

Superintendent, Pat Trice was honored to represent VSDB with the Staunton-Augusta Lions Club in the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va on August 23, 2019.

The Lions Club is a service organization and although they help others in the community, they are mandated by their charter to serve the Deaf and the Blind.

Their mission is reflected in their motto,  “We Serve”.  The Staunton-Augusta Lions Club sponsors the VSDB Leo Club which provides students an opportunity to serve others.   The attached video, shows the laying of the wreath ceremony.  There is absolute quiet during the ceremony. The only words spoken are at the beginning are when the guard announces the start of the ceremony and instructs people that total silence is expected during  the ceremony and that at the appropriate time, people are to place their hand over their heart while the bugle plays taps.

Please enjoy this wonderful event!

 

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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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VSDB Welcomes 3-D Printer Lab

As a leader in accessibility for all students, VSDB moves forward with innovative technology with the establishment of a 3-D printer lab. Funding for the project is provided through the Virginia Department of Education. In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, teachers spent professional development days assembling and learning the operations of the 3-D printers that will be utilized to support access to the curriculum for all VSDB students. The lab will also serve as a workforce site in order to provide students the opportunity to develop valuable workforce skills.

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*2019 Outstanding Teacher for the Visually Impaired with Multiple Disabilities*

VSDB is proud to announce that Julie Conner has been selected as the *2019 Outstanding Teacher for the Visually Impaired with Multiple Disabilities* by the national Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB). For this award, candidates are nominated by principals from schools across the United States in various categories and a review committee then selects the candidate. VSDB is honored to have Julie Conner recognized for her expertise and dedication to the students she serves. Mrs. Conner will receive the award and be recognized nationally in October at the annual conference in Louisville, KY.

Congratulations Mrs. Conner!

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A Special “Thank You”

VSDB sends out a special “thank you” to the employees of BB&T who volunteered their time in support of the VSDB  Educational Urban Farm.  In addition to providing  the manpower, BB&T also provided funding to purchase the needed materials for new raised beds.  Volunteers spent the day filling the raised beds with compost and cardboard using the ‘lasagna gardening’ method, seeding tomatoes, radishes, and swiss chard, transplanting collards, kale, and holy basil and weeding.  BB&T is a valued community partner and VSDB appreciates their support in providing the best in educational programming for its students!

Employees of BB&T who volunteered their time in support of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm.
Employees of BB&T who volunteered their time in support of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm.
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Milestone for graduate following health battles

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LEAD Mongolia Visits VSDB

Leaders Advancing Democracy (LEAD) Mongolia is a program that has driven remarkable change in Mongolia. LEAD fellows, the country’s most promising leaders, visit the U.S. as part of their leadership training and skills. Recently a group of LEAD fellows visited Staunton and the VSDB campus. Read all about it on the World Learning medium.com website.

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