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March 21, 2013

Londonderry student competes in Braille challenge

LONDONDERRY — A North Elementary School student was one of only 25 students from across New England participating in 13th annual NE Regional Braille Challenge.

Garbrielle Geraghty, 11, a visually impaired fifth-grader, participated in the annual reading, writing and spelling contest held March 2 at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass.

The Braille Challenge was developed by the Braille Institute of America in 2001 and hosts 40 regional events with more than 1,000 students participating throughout the United States and Canada.

At the Carroll Center, students in grades one through 12 tested their skills in reading comprehension, Braille speed and accuracy, proofreading and spelling. Top scoring students go on to compete at the national competition in California in June.

Dr. Karen Ross, director of education at the Carroll Center for the Blind, said the annual competition is an inspiration to all who are involved.

“This event has evolved into a real phenomenon,” Ross asid. “The excitement of competition and the friendships formed throughout the day are truly inspirational.”

She said students gather after the testing to hear the awards and always cheer each other on.

“It’s an amazing experience for the students, their teachers and families and the entire staff of the Carroll Center.”

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