The arrival of the school yearbook is a highly anticipated event for many students. At this time, pupils may reflect on the last academic year and recollect their most enjoyable experiences with their classmates.
RJ Sampson, a visually challenged student, has never seen a yearbook or had the chance to read one.
But this year, the senior class and faculty at that Colorado high school got together to make something really memorable for their graduating classmate.
RJ enjoys attending school but has never been able to read or appreciate his yearbooks due to his vision impairment.
RJ asked his instructor on the final day of his first year, “When are you going to create me a braille yearbook?”
Leslie Thompson, his instructor, felt it was a brilliant concept but didn’t believe it was feasible since yearbooks need a lot of time and effort.
Four years later, his professors have finally fulfilled his dream.
On the morning of the presentation, the yearbook’s editor-in-chief, Laurel Ainsworth, said, “Yeah, I’m worried.
“It’s all in my brain; my stomach doesn’t ache in any way. In order for them to look back in 20 years and see that we did it right, I hope we covered everything.
RJ was unaware that Leslie, the vision team, and the yearbook committee put more than 1,500 hours into creating his unique yearbook.
RJ was visibly moved when given the book, “That means a lot to me.”
“It’s really incredible that the kids and staff went above and above to construct one for me,” he said.
The personnel at this school should be pretty proud of themselves for accomplishing such a remarkable accomplishment, even if it took years.