School for the Blind
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October 1st – October 7th National Blind Sports Week
October 1st – Spring Semester Mainstream Paperwork Due
October 3rd Accountability Meeting on Campus
October 8th No School
October 11th CSDB Board Meeting on Campus
October 15th White Cane Day
October 25th Fall Parent Teacher Conferences on Campus
October 26th – Professional Development Day (No Students)
October 31st – Halloween Event Planned by the Senior Class
November 7th Accountability Meeting on Campus
November 8th CSDB Board Meeting on Campus
Lunch in the Dark Date Time and Date TBD
Independent Living Skills
On September 13th, our Board of Trustees had the opportunity to sample some home-grown CSDB applesauce. Some folk did not know our campus has apple trees. There’s one west of Gottlieb, two on the southwest corner of Argo, and one south of the Adams Building. Our Independent Living Skills class noticed that apples from these trees were dropping and being left to rot, and this didn’t seem like a good use of our resources, so we decided to harvest some apples and make applesauce.
We picked the apples by hand or, in the case of some higher ones, by cane. Once we had enough we went to Ritter Hall to prepare them. After washing the apples, the members of our class took turns peeling the apples with a potato peeler. To make clean up easier, we covered the table with paper before we began peeling. Afterwards, we just rolled up the paper to remove the mess.
Once the apples were peeled, we cored them. Bad parts of the apples were removed and thrown away. The rest went into a pot with some water and got boiled for about 20 minutes, until tender.
We drained the apples with a colander. Next, we placed them in a bowl with some sugar and cinnamon and began mashing them with a potato masher. Once we got a smooth consistency, we were able to place the applesauce in storage containers and chill it.
During our applesauce project we touched on several areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. We practiced orientation and mobility skills while seeking the apple trees, independent living skills as we measured and cooked, and even sensory efficiency as we took in the colors and the aroma of the cooking apples.
And the Board of Trustees opinion of our applesauce? They loved it….and want to know what treat we’ll be preparing for them next month!