Two county students attend Camp Courage







Blount Countians pose in front of Ivy Green, residence of Helen Keller, in Tuscumbia last fall during Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience – for students with a hearing or visual impairment. From the left, Danna and Rep. David Standridge, who nominated Locust Fork fourth-grade students Morgan Love and Alexis Barber for the camp, accompanied by their mothers, Brooke Love (green T-shirt) and Brandi West (navy T-shirt). The students and their parents enjoyed reenactment of scenes from The Miracle Worker, the play dramatizing the education of deaf and blind Helen Keller at the hands of her inspirational teacher Anne Sullivan. Students also participated in creative sessions making clay pottery and candles, as well as fishing and interacting with other campers from around the state. Mothers attended classes designed especially for parents to acquaint them with challenges they face, along with their children. The purpose of the camp is to demonstrate that fortitude and courage like that shown by both Keller and her teacher are qualities that can make a difference in the lives of any who embody them in their lives. – Ron Gholson

Blount Countians pose in front of Ivy Green, residence of Helen Keller, in Tuscumbia last fall during Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience – for students with a hearing or visual impairment. From the left, Danna and Rep. David Standridge, who nominated Locust Fork fourth-grade students Morgan Love and Alexis Barber for the camp, accompanied by their mothers, Brooke Love (green T-shirt) and Brandi West (navy T-shirt). The students and their parents enjoyed reenactment of scenes from The Miracle Worker, the play dramatizing the education of deaf and blind Helen Keller at the hands of her inspirational teacher Anne Sullivan. Students also participated in creative sessions making clay pottery and candles, as well as fishing and interacting with other campers from around the state. Mothers attended classes designed especially for parents to acquaint them with challenges they face, along with their children. The purpose of the camp is to demonstrate that fortitude and courage like that shown by both Keller and her teacher are qualities that can make a difference in the lives of any who embody them in their lives. – Ron Gholson