Recently the Cross Country team visited the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. It is one of four approved charter schools along with the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, the Overbrook School for the Blind, and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. The private school in Pittsburgh has students from ages 3 to 21 and all of them are legally blind and they come from one of the 33 counties in western PA.
The school was chartered in 1887 and it was originally know as the Western Pennsylvania Institution for the Blind (WPIB). The school offered three types of curriculum: academic, commercial, and vocational. In 2003, the school opened an Early Childhood Center to work with young people with visual impairments. In 2011, the school began a program to help adults who are graduating from the school and entering adult facilities, known as LAVI: Learning Adventures for the Visually Impaired.
The team helped the kids do things like art projects, play in the gym, and help them in some of their other classes like music. The team really enjoyed hanging out and working with the kids and had a lot of fun because of it. Our school is one of the only schools that is allowed to make visits and spend time with the kids. It makes the visits that much more special to us and is an amazing privilege to have.