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SMS Helps Valley Students Celebrate White Cane Day

On a sunny fall day, Selah Middle School rolled out the welcome mat as it recently hosted students across the Yakima Valley to commemorate White Cane Day and celebrate the remarkable achievements and independence of visually impaired people.  Approximately 25 students ranging from elementary to high school students enjoyed fun activities including playing goalball, a team sport created for the visually impaired, and tandem biking. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and Selah Middle School annually celebrates the event.

Brittany Franks, a Selah teacher for the visually impaired, said White Cane Day is a meaningful way to celebrate hard-working students with vision challenges and honor the special contributions they make to education and to their communities. Brittany also said the event is important because it gives students a way to be active in a school setting.

White Cane Day is a national observance in the United States celebrated in mid-October of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to honor the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. The mission of White Cane Cay is to educate the world about blindness and how people with vision impairments can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, and to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by visually impaired people in a sighted world, while honoring their contributions. 

 Students receive guidance from Selah teacher, Brittany Franks, during White Cane Day activities.  Special friendships were made during White Cane Day.  Students receive instruction before the bicycle activity during White Cane Day.  Participants have fun during tandem biking activities.  

Please view the White Cane Day video here.