Braille raises $9,000

  • By Katie Murdoch Enterprise editor
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:33pm

EDMONDS — More than $9,000 was raised during a benefit auction earlier this month at a private school for vision-impaired students in Edmonds.

The Louis Braille School hosted its fourth live and silent auctions March 20 at the South County Senior Center.

The school is for children who are blind or partially sighted. Students learn traditional subjects, including math and English; in addition, they learn orientation and mobility, social proficiency and everyday tasks that promote independence.

The annual benefit auction raises money, mainly for scholarships that help financially-strapped families enroll at the school. Approximately 80 people attended. Cindy Van Winkle, former president of the Washington Council for the Blind, was auctioneer.

Carolyn Meyer, director of the school, said highlights from the evening included a presentation from a fifth-grader who shared what he enjoyed the most about the school — writing short stories and practicing math skills during field trips to PCC Natural Market. Another highlight was presenting a service award to Lynnwood resident Al Garrels for preparing teens at the school for college and the workforce.

The Washington Council of Firefighters donated refreshments and the Pagliacci in Edmonds donated pizza. The community also stepped up to donate auction items, including an opportunity to have portraits taken of pets.

“We had great support from the Edmonds community,” Meyer said.