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Daughters of the American Revolution donate materials for deaf, blind students

February 17, 2018 GMT

This From the Community story was contributed by Karen Stark, a member of the Golden Spike Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The national organization was founded in 1890 by descendants of patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. The Golden Spike Chapter promotes the organization’s goals to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism through community service in Northern Utah.

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind provides much needed educational services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf and blind. The mission at USDB is to serve as a resource to available educational programs for students ages birth to 21 years of age in Utah.

Children attend school daily, getting extra help learning classroom subjects to bring them up to the level of their peers so they can return to their district school. Some students age 16 through 21 stay in dorms during the week. The students learn daily living skills to be independent, complete homework and have the opportunity to find jobs. Other services provided are audiology, vision services, orientation and mobility, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, and school health services.

The Utah State NSDAR and Golden Spike Chapter chair for The Flag of the United States of America Committee Michelle Shreve and chapter member Ann Fowler recently met with Mike Hillstrom, program director for the deaf at USDB, and executive secretary Kristin Walker. They presented Hillstrom with 10 braille U.S. Flags as well as 60 American Sign Language Pledge of Allegiance cards. Hillstrom was very pleased to receive these items and said they would be of great use to his students.

To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR   and youtube.com/TodaysDAR. To contact the Golden Spike Chapter, email goldenspikechapter@gmail.com.

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