Students Secretly Work Tirelessly For 1,500 Hours To Create A Braille Yearbook For Blind Classmate

Today, teasing and bullying happen in many school in the world. When you hear about an entire group of high school students doing something that they need to keep secret from a member of their class, we tend to think the worst these days. But this doesn’t happen to this school. Students banding together in secret to do something kind for a member of their class.

This makes good deeds like the one that the senior class at Colorado’s Conifer High School did for a member of their class feel all the more special, CBS reports.

The yearbook at Conifer High School in Colorado was pretty special this year when its theme was “More than meets the eye,”. There was a big reason for that. Accordingly, the yearbook was done in braille, so blind student RJ Sampson could enjoy it as much as the other, sighted students.

The yearbook staff also developed an app for RJ in order to play audio recordings of the text with the photos as well.

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During his freshman year, RJ even questioned the possibility of having a yearbook in braille, but the resources for doing such a project were not quite there yet. But earlier this year however, they were able to make it happen, work tirelessly for about 1,500 Hours to make the special yearbook a reality. And by then, RJ had completely forgotten about his request a few years back.

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Yearbook editor-in-chief Laurel Ainsworth presented the special book to RJ during a senior send-off assembly, and the entire school was able to witness the surprise presentation. And RJ could not stop smiling as the presentation was made.

“It’s absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to actually read it. It really means a lot to me. The community here is really so loving.”. RJ said

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Before this, RJ never got a yearbook because there was no way he could read and enjoy it. Putting a book together a book of this type was a great lesson in itself for the students involved, showing how important it is to include those who are disabled, and making them realize how often we, the sighted, can so often take our vision for granted.