On September 13, 2018, five students from the FSDB Blind Department went to the local Beach 105.5 FM radio station to talk about White Cane Day Awareness. Thomas Rice, Kaitlyn Deverson, David Hunt, Bailey Thomas, and Khayree Lofton were interviewed by Scott Reinhardt on the morning show Round Table for over 20 minutes.
Students shared valuable information with the community about their independence, personal experiences, and the importance of the white cane. They also recorded a 20-second public service announcement that will air on local radio stations from now until October 15. White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964.
Listen to the Roundtable Interview:
FSDB students will celebrate White Cane Safety Day during the school year by participating in several events. Elementary students will partake in a “Historical Figure Scavenger Hunt,” while middle and high school students will compete in a “Jeopardy-themed” quiz show hosted by Justin Cosgrove, Blind High School principal, who appeared on the Jeopardy game show this past summer.
The FSDB Orientation and Mobility department will also host a Traffic Engineer Public Forum for the middle and high school students. Xavier Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator for the city of St. Augustine, will be on hand to discuss the nearby roundabout being constructed at San Marco Avenue and May Street and the impact it will have on pedestrian travel.
About FSDB The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit www.fsdbk12.fl.us