Posts Tagged ‘Perkins School for the Blind’

Spirits Uplift in Iraq School for the Blind as Aid Arrives

By Mohammed Jamjoom © CNN, Baghdad, Iraq — Kids in school rarely smile so much, or sing so loudly. But at Baghdad’s Al-Noor School for the Blind, there was reason to celebrate, as much-needed Braille learning materials from the U.S. had finally arrived. It was the second batch of supplies donated from the Perkins School for the Blind since CNN’s Kyra Phillips first visited and profiled the Al-Noor School last year. Because getting this aid from the US to Iraq isn’t easy, Perkins partnered with International Relief & Development for the special delivery…. READ ARTICLE

Perkins School for the Blind launches building project

© By Associated Press/Boston Herald — The Perkins School for the Blind is launching a major $30 million construction and renovation project. The Watertown school on Monday breaks ground for its first new schoolhouse on campus in a century. The project also includes the renovation of the current Lower School’s outdated classroom buildings that were built in 1910…. READ ARTICLE

Newton North shares pool with Perkins School for the Blind

By Justin A. Rice © Daily News Tribune, Waltham, Massachusetts — NEWTON — As much as yesterday’s sixth annual exhibition meet between the Newton North girls swim team and the Perkins School for the Blind was about giving back, making friends and learning life lessons, there was also a practical and technical lesson for the Tigers to learn. While North coach Kirsten Tuohy always asks her swimmers to count their strokes so they can work on reducing the number of strokes they take per length, she especially likes to reinforce that point at the Perkins meet – during which she blacks out her team’s goggles with duct tape…. READ ARTICLE

Perkins School for the Blind receives $10M gift from family of Celtics CEO

By Jen Thomas © Watertown Tab and Press, Massachusetts — The Perkins School for the Blind has received a $10 million gift from the Grousbeck Family Foundation to help build a 17,000-square-foot student and technology center. The gift is part of a $25 million initiative by the school to fund the construction of the Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology, a space that would include technology labs, teacher training space and meeting and performance space…. READ ARTICLE

Gift promotes high tech at Perkins School for the Blind

© Associated Press. Published in Boston Herald, WATERTOWN — The Perkins School for the Blind has received a $10 million gift to build a new facility where students can learn to use the latest technology designed to help the blind. The Boston Globe reports the donation announced Monday comes from the Grousbeck Family Foundation…. READ ARTICLE

At Perkins, high-tech is both future and now

By Katie Johnston Chase © Boston Globe — Before Ashley Bernard got her new iPod Touch, the Perkins School for the Blind student could not use an MP3 player without help. But thanks in part to school officials, who encouraged Apple Inc. to make an iPod that gives and responds to spoken commands – standard on the latest models – Bernard can listen to her music like any other 16-year-old. Such technological advances received a major boost last night with a $10 million donation from the Grousbeck Family Foundation, directed locally by Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. The gift, announced at a private dinner, will be used to build a 17,000-square foot center that will include a high-tech classroom and a lab in which companies like Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. can demonstrate the latest advances to assist blind students…. READ ARTICLE

A new vision for Perkins

By Kathleen Burge © Boston Globe — In the world of education, the Perkins School for the Blind has an elite roster of graduates, including Helen Keller, her “miracle worker’’ Anne Sullivan, and Laura Bridgman, the world’s first deaf and blind person to learn language. But the Gothic halls and stairways at the country’s oldest school for the blind, where the clock tower chimes like it is a university campus, no longer serve well some of the students studying at the Watertown institution…. READ ARTICLE

Watertown’s Perkins school updating 100-year-old building, adding new classrooms

By Meghann Ackerman © Watertown TAB and Press, Massachusetts — A lot has changed in education in the past hundred years. With SMART boards eclipsing chalkboards in classrooms, the Perkins School for the Blind will be undergoing some major changes to update their campus. The Perkins Board of Trustees voted last week to go ahead with a $30 million renovation and construction project that will update a 100-year-old building and provide new, accessible classrooms…. READ ARTICLE

Perkins School to expand

new Perkins schoolhouse

new Perkins schoolhouse

By Christine McConville © Boston Herald — The Perkins School for the Blind yesterday announced a $30 million renovation and expansion plan for its historic Watertown campus. Steven Rothstein, the 180-year-old school’s president, said the upgrades will position the school for another century of education…. READ MORE

Braille equipment shipped from Lawrence to aid blind in Baghdad

By Yadira Betances © Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Massachusetts — Images of blind children in Iraq struggling to learn to read and write without Braille printers, papers and books caught David Morgan’s attention while watching television one Saturday morning…. READ STORY