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White Cane Awareness Day Statewide Celebrations 2019

Bloomsbury Farm, Atkins, Iowa

The families surrounding the Grant Wood Area Education Agency and beyond had the opportunity to celebrate at Bloomsbury Farm on October 13th.  Although it was a blustery day, the families were all smiles as we ate a nice lunch, rode on the hay rack ride, and explored the many activities that the farm offered. This experience provided families with an opportunity to get together and to celebrate!

Parr Family enjoying lunch at Bloomsbury Farm     The Hennings Family enjoying lunch at Bloomsbury Farm   The Ozburn Family going on a hay rack ride at Bloomsbury Farm.


Dream Playground, Council Bluffs, IA

Green Hills staff and students went to the Dream Playground at Lake Manawa on October 15th. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the shelter and played at the newly renovated playground. 

Staff and student enjoy a picnic lunch     Aaron Abler exploring the Dream Playground    


State Capitol, Des Moines, IA

Students used their orientation and mobility skills to find statues, artifacts and other interesting things around the Capitol ground and inside the building. Six of the students climbed the 91 steps to the dome. Governor Kim Reynolds read and signed a White Cane Awareness Day proclamation. 

Nine students gather around Governor Reynolds desk while she reads and signs the White Cane Awareness Day proclamation.   Students and staff explore the grounds around the State Capitol    Shelley Smith, Eva Allen and Jordyn Robbins find a sundial on their scavenger hunt.


Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls, IA

Eleven students plus staff enjoyed the musical Sugar Skull at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Before the show, members of the cast talked with students and led tactile exploration of some props. After the show everyone enjoyed lunch at a dining center on the UNI campus.

Students and staff getting ready for Sugar Skull performance   Ashley Dougherty and Noah Joseph enjoying lunch at Piazza Dining Center    Brantley exploring instrument made with a real donkey jaw


Mississippi Bend AEA, Bettendorf, IA

The Bettendorf fire station brought a fire engine for the students to explore. The kids were able to try on a fire helmet and touch the hose and ladders. The kids then made their own sack lunches, decorated cupcakes and socialized while decorating pumpkins and making Braille bead fobs for their canes.

Students and staff standing in front of fire truck with some firefighters   


Other celebrations included train museum tour in Sioux City, IA.

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