Saturday, May 12, 2012
The 12th annual concert will be held May 31 at Perkins Schol for the Blind in Watertown.
The following information was released by Revels: Join us on Thursday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. as Revels partners with Perkins School for the Blind for a 12th consecutive year in a memorable music-filled “Celebration of the Spring." This hour-long participatory performance of seasonal music and song features the talented Perkins School Secondary Program Chorus (Arnie Harris, director) performing with adults and children from Revels’ touring ensemble, Revels Repertory Company, Revels song leader and musician David Coffin, the renowned Perkins Duo – Anton Sviridenko (piano, accordion) and John Castillo (baritone, drums) – plus a great band of Revels musicians. The Mulberry Morris children’s dance team will also be on hand performing a festive …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Watertown-based school teamed up with Winston Flowers during the month of May.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The following information was released by Perkins School for the Blind: Watertown residents can celebrate the true spirit of Mother’s Day this year by sending their mother an elegant bouquet that also helps fund programs for students at Perkins School for the Blind. The Watertown-based school will receive 20% of the purchase price of every “Charity In Bloom” floral arrangement ordered from Winston Flowers during May. The money will fund Perkins programs and services that help infants, children and adults who are blind, deaf blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. “It’s a truly beautiful way to honor your mother on Mother’s Day, while helping students who are blind get a high-quality education,” said Kathy…
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Perkins School for the Blind partnered with Waypoint Adventure during their spring break to take part in indoor versions of outdoor activities.
Students with visual impairments experienced two days of extreme sports through Waypoint Adventures, who's goal is to allow people with disabilities to think beyond their disability and challenge themselves. With the help of volunteers, the students from Perkins School for the Blind were able to participate in indoor rock climbing and indoor kayaking and it proved their ability to succeed on their own.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Watertown-based school will host Music is Our Vision Festival on April 28.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The following information was provided by Perkins School for the Blind: Perkins School for the Blind invites the public to the Music is Our Vision Festival, an extraordinary concert featuring more than 130 talented student singers and musicians from six East Coast schools for the blind. Perkins hosts the festival on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., this year as the campus celebrates its 100th anniversary in Watertown. Admission is free and the concert will be held in Dwight Hall. Student bands, choruses, and handbell ensembles will perform an array of uplifting folk songs, Broadway show tunes, and music from around the world, including a captivating Peruvian melody. Participating schools include: Perkins School for the Blind Overbrook …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The Newton Corner resident is running her 11th marathon, Monday, and was first inspired to run by Oprah!
Runner name: Patricia Aylas Age: 44 Lives in: Newton Corner Profession: Business owner/dog walker/animal care Marathon experience: I have run 10 previous marathons including the Connecticut Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and the Virginia Beach Marathon. I started running after I heard Oprah ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1996. I tried to qualify for Boston for the first five years of running, sometimes running two marathons a year. I once ran Connecticut Marathon and less than two weeks later, ran the Marine Corps Marathon with one of my three sisters. My most beautiful Marathon was my last one, the 2010 Maui Marathon. This will be the first time running the Boston Marathon and I look forward to maybe running my first 50-miler. Reason…
Friday, April 6, 2012
For the second straight year, Kelly Cote will run to raise money for the school she fell in love with when she was a teen.
The 2012 Boston Marathon will be the second for Watertown’s Kelly Cote, who is running to raise money for her favorite cause – Perkins School for the Blind. Growing up, Cote said, she was not an athlete, so running a marathon was something she built up to gradually. “I’ve been a runner for several years, and I guess I like a challenge,” Cote said. “When I began running I was doing it as a way to get in shape, maybe lose some weight.” She started with a 5K race, then moved up to 10K and then took on the challenge of a half marathon. “People said once you do a half marathon you will be hooked,” Cote said. Prepping for this year’s race was both easier and tougher for Cote. “Last year had running partner though (the Perkins) team. We ran at …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The senator got an inside look at the Watertown-based school for the blind.
Sen. Scott Brown visited Perkins School for the Blind Monday and got a taste of the technology used by students at the Watertown-based school. The Republican got a tour of campus, and visited with students at Perkins. Perkins staff captured his visit in a photo. [Note: A previous version of the story had inaccurately stated that the event was closed to the media.]
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Perkins students got the chance to interview NBA players today when three members of the Celtics stopped by.
Perkins School for the Blind had some big men on campus today when three members of the Boston Celtics paid a visit to the Lower School. Several students got to question forward Brandon Bass, guard Avery Bradley and center Greg Stiemsma when the NBA players came to the gym at Perkins' Lower School this morning. The students wanted to know what kind of music they listen to before the game. Bass said he enjoys hip hop while Bradley said he does not typically listen to music, but when he does it is hip hop. Stiemsma said he listens to music. "I listen to the same the hip hop these guys do before the game because their headphones are so loud," Stiemsma said. "I also listen to country music ... and rock and roll - Disturbed and Korn." The …
Monday, March 19, 2012
School officials worry about funding for their specialized programs and for the library.
Officials at Perkins School for the Blind told State Sen. Will Brownsberger they worry that they may lose state funding for special education services and for its library program in next year's state budget. During his visit, Brownsberger, D-Second Suffolk and Middlesex, got to see firsthand the types of services provided to students at the school on March 9. Brownsberger met with Perkin's Secondary Program’s Student Council and talked about the students’ favorite classes, adaptive technology, and their plans for after graduation. The lawmaker also dropped in on a class in the Deafblind Program, where students practiced a high-tech, vocabulary matching game on their SMART Table and gave the Brownsberger a chance to try it himself. Perkins …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Haben Girma told the students at the school for the blind that they should become advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The following release was sent out by Perkins School for the Blind: Haben Girma, a Harvard Law student who is deafblind, encouraged students at Perkins School for the Blind to become advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. Speaking to more than 200 students and staff at the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly on Monday, Girma said, “We need more disability rights advocates. We need more Helen Kellers. When you assert your dreams, your needs, and your rights, opportunities will become limitless.” Girma, who expects to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2013, is an example of what a person with disabilities can accomplish. She did volunteer work in Africa, graduated magna cum laude from college, and lobbied members of…