After our fun visit to Dewey Elementary School in Evanston, Ill. last month, six-and-a-half-year-Katya Karpeyev told her Papa she felt special. “It was really neat to be up front assisting Beth with the other kids’ questions.”
Katya’s big sister was at the assembly with her third-grade classmates, too, and Sasha agreed to write a guest post so my blog readers could see a school visit from a nine-year-old point of view.
Things I learned from Beth and Whitney’s visit
by Sasha Karpeyev
When I got into the multi-purpose room it was really nice to see Beth, Papa, and Carli at school. I learned a lot about blind people and Beth from the stories and things that she told us. I learned that only blind people have white canes with red tips, that Beth went blind when she was 26 (half of her life), and that it can be challenging to be blind.
At home, I tried some experiments like trying to go to the bathroom with my eyes closed to see what it was like to be blind. It was really hard because first I tried to turn on the light and turned on the vent instead when I did not even need the light. Second it was hard to find the toilet. Third I could not find the toilet paper very quickly. Fourth it was hard to find the sink and when I felt the sink, it seemed like it was crooked.
I also tried to slide my finger across the numbers on the phone to make combinations of numbers. I got every single one right.
The day Beth came, after we left the multi-purpose room, all of my friends were talking about how interesting it was to see someone at school besides the teachers and students. Everybody also thought it was fun to see a dog in school since no animals were allowed in school except service dogs. They also said it was cool how Beth could be a writer even though she can’t see at all. I hope Beth can come to see us again!
Thanks, Sasha. Whitney and I had a ball with you and Katya at Dewey School. Hope we can come again, too!