[nfbwatlk] Cookie Exchange Report

doug trimble doug.trimble at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 13 03:26:47 UTC 2012

Way to go Ciny

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On Dec 12, 2012, at 5:39 PM, "Cindy Bennett" <clb5590 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Last Saturday, December 8, I hosted a cookie exchange targeted at
> students in Washington. I contacted several TVI's and DSB counselors.
> And I personally invited the OTC students.
> I think the day was a great success. Five students traveled from the
> OTC apartments, and 3 TVI's and blindness professionals joined us. I
> heard from one that a few of his students' parents couldn't come but
> are interested in speaking with me, and I definitely look forward to
> hearing from them. At this event, we talked about our event calendar
> and subsequently, two of the students came and protested with us
> today. I am trying to get them to our Seattle chapter party on
> Saturday.
> Anyway, we had a great discussion about why we were protesting Amazon
> and why that issue was specifically student-related. We played an
> icebreaker and got to know each other. We had a really positive time.
> So due to the fact that I know that we can implement successful events
> on a whim, this idea came to me just 3 weeks ago, I look forward to
> continuing this trend. I especially appreciated Mike Mello for
> reserving a room in his apartment building for the event which served
> as a free and central location. And, I would also like to thank Marci
> Carpenter for coming and assisting. We had lots of fun and ate
> delicious cookies. So, I look forward to more of you collaborating
> with me for future events. I look forward to learning about the
> conversations you are having with blind people around you about
> student and young engagement, because like I said at our state
> convention, those conversations are how it all starts. I don't know
> everyone, but we all know some people, and we all can easily talk
> about how the NFB is a life changing organization.
> I am really glad we had this event, and it was a motivator to
> continue. The OTC is interested in having a student seminar-esque day
> during their next term just based on my presentation. So, I plan to
> follow up with the OTC to make sure I am involved. And, the school for
> the blind has expressed interest in me attending a career day that
> they are having in February. Marci and I plan to host a table at the
> Seattle Public Schools organization fair near the beginning of next
> year, and we plan to table a couple of organization days at local
> colleges to disseminate literature and information about the NFB
> scholarship program. So, those are some upcoming ambitions, and I hope
> to hear from some of you who may wish to help. And I hope that all of
> you assist me by having more conversations with more people.
> -- 
> Cindy Bennett
> B.A. Psychology, UNC Wilmington
> clb5590 at gmail.com
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