Cadence knows which is her Backpack by reading the Braille label beneath  the hookThat was one of the first lessons of the first day of summer for Confidence Camp kids this morning.

“If someone asks you what your backpack looks like, what are you going to tell them?” the lesson continued.

Yes, Monday began with learning for the 10 5 to 12-year-olds. It went on from there, including making lunches, and there will be plenty more lessons in independence and fun over the next two weeks. Lots of fun too – their day ended with a trip to the pool for a swim. Now that’s summer!

And then there were the 23 teenagers in our Earn & Learn and College Prep programs in their first day of classes. they will be with us for 8 weeks, including a trip to the National Federation of the Blind 2018 Convention in Orlando!

The students arrived on Friday and spent the weekend settling in at their apartments with their counselors and roommates. Monday was their first day under sleepshades for those with any residual vision. That was Challenge One for many of the students. And the summer we have planned for them is full of the rewards that can only be reaped by facing even more new challenges.

The halls were full of new summer students from ages 5 to 19 exploring the Center on their first day.