School for the Blind ninth-grader to compete in national Braille Challenge® finals in LA

Elementary and high school-age young ladies with white canes wear medals and hold certificates in front of a trophy case.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Defending champion Richelle Zampella from Muskogee will return to Los Angeles this June to defend her title in the national Braille Challenge® finals competition.

This is the third time Zampella, now a ninth-grader at Oklahoma School for the Blind, has competed at the national level.

In 2015, she won first place in the junior varsity division at national Braille Challenge® against students from the United States and Canada.

OSB community service day “Gives Back” to Muskogee, Fort Gibson communities

Young poeople play horns and drums in lobby

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Once again, Oklahoma School for the Blind students will volunteer May 12 in Muskogee and Fort Gibson for their fourth “OSB Gives Back Day.”

The experience was developed by OSB science teacher Cheryl Daniels, who convinced students to give community service a try in 2012.

“We are so fortunate at the school,” Daniels said. ”People are always so generous. I told the students, ‘Let’s show people that we can give back.’’’

Schools for the Deaf, Blind best education options for freshmen cousins

Two young girls

OKLAHOMA CITY – Shannon Varner and Malerie Levens are both freshmen just finishing their first years at new high schools.

Varner, age 14, transferred from Sulphur Public Schools to Oklahoma School for the Deaf where her mother KaAnn is superintendent and her father Tommy is athletic director. Both parents are deaf.

Varner’s cousin and best friend Levens, age 15, from Owasso was previously home-schooled. She wanted help with new technology to compensate for vision loss and chose Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Rehabilitation Services honors hometown heroes at state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services honored hometown heroes in a ceremony at the state Capitol during People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

This year, 742 people participated in the annual disability advocacy and information event.

Dr. Terry L. Cline, Health Department commissioner and Health and Human Services of cabinet secretary, represented Governor Mary Fallin as the keynote speaker.
DRS presented 2015 awards to the following people:

Alex Pippins from McAlester – Client of the Year