[NFBC-Info] Fwd: Free event for blind kids
rachel.grider at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 17:36:45 UTC 2019
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> From: Jeff Riechmann <jeffriechmann at cs.com>
> Date: December 2, 2019 at 19:06:45 PST
> To: jeffriechmann at cs.com
> Subject: Free event for blind kids
> On Friday, April 10, 2020, the Kern County Fire Department, in co-operation with Idaho-based Courageous Kids Climbing, will be conducting a Climbing on Stuff event in Bakersfield, California. This is a free event for school-age children who are legally-blind or visually-challenged. Could you please help spread the word about this event?
> At the present time, Kern County Fire is planning on having a fire engine and a heavy rescue truck at the Olive Drive Fire Training Facility in Bakersfield, California. The children, under direct supervision of a Kern County firefighter, will have the opportunity to touch and hold just about everything on the two fire trucks! We will even have firefighter’s protective clothing on hand for the children to try on. Additional activities may be added upon your suggestions!
> Time will be spent speaking to the children about what to do if there is a fire in their home.
> At the present time, we are looking at accommodating up to ten children. But this number may be increased depending upon your feedback!
> Because this is a Friday, we do realize that these kids would most likely be in school. It is our hope that their teachers may set this up as a field trip. Based upon your feedback, what would work best for you? 10:00 am until noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, or another time? We want to set two-hours aside to accommodate the kids. (There is a grass area if the kids want to bring a sack lunch and have a picnic.)
> The kids are also invited to participate in the free climbing opportunity at Action Sports in Bakersfield. This event runs from 10:00 am until noon.
> To date, Courageous Kids Climbing has conducted four Climbing on Stuff adventures for children who are visually-challenged or legally blind. In Boise, Idaho, each of the past three years, the kids have had the opportunity to look at an A-10 fighter jet, Army helicopter and smokejumpers. This past fall, the children in the Lewiston, Idaho / Clarkston, Washington area had the opportunity to meet and learn about the Nez Perce Indians.
> Courageous Kids Climbing provides free opportunities for people between the ages of 3-months and 103-years with special needs, physical or developmental, to experience the various forms of rock climbing at events held in Idaho, Washington, California and Nevada. In the past five years, the organization has conducted 67 events with over 750 participants. For more information on the organization, check out the “Courageous Kids Climbing” Facebook page.
> RISE ABOVE!
> Jeff Riechmann
> Event Coordinator
> Courageous Kids Climbing
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