High School and Star Spangled Banner

Topics: High school, Blindness / Pages: 8 (1859 words) / Published: Oct 23rd, 2012
I hear it, the cane click clacking down the corridor. Soon she will find her way to

D-105. Between the click clacking of the cane, she pauses and I know she is checking

the Braille bumps on the window panes, searching for the room that marks the spot.

Blind since birth and born as a preemie, Maycie can smell me before she knows I'm in

front of her. Her senses are so keen. Her sound, smell, and taste radar are sharper than

the sharpest tool in a shed.

"Hi Sheila! Good morning!" Maycie exclaims excitedly. "I'm really nervous about


"Oh, I bet you are! Promoting from eighth grade and singing solo the Star Spangled

Banner, this will be quite the day! I'm so proud of you!" I state with pride.

How many people have the opportunity to work with someone who is blind. My job is

unique and I love it! Maycie has enhanced my life in so many ways and I have learned so

much from her. Working with her has been one of my biggest life experiences. Today is a

big day! Maycie will sing in front of her whole class and then promote to high school

with her graduating class as well. As Maycie heads out the door to her first period class,

I'm taken back to the first day that I met this amazing girl.

September 5, 2005 was a day I will never forget. I began working for the Windsor

Unified School District in the hopes of furthering my career in working with children. I

had been assigned to work one-on-one with an 8 year old girl who was blind since birth.

She was born prematurely with a twin at 25 weeks gestation. Maycie was 1 ½ pounds at

birth born on December 2, 1997 and the odds of her living past Christmas that year were

not good at all. Her eyes had not developed, unlike her twin brother whose eyes did. Both

the Vorreiter twins had many problems and underwent many surgeries during their first

days out of the womb. I was being assigned to work with Maycie and the school

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