Pioneer Volume 44 Issue 1 Fall/Winter 2006-07 “Pioneer Roadhouse-Walker Station” After much planning and work the students have a new teen center. The “old toy room” in the Lions Den Dormitory has been transformed into the “Pioneer Roadhouse-Walker Station”. It was named in part as a special tribute to Cathleen Walker, Dormitory Supervisor for the last 21 years. Susan Krogstrand used this project to help earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. With Susan’s help Student Council members chose the design, colors, idea for the mural, and had a "hand" in painting the walls! One of the special additions to the room is the purchase of a “Power Showdown” game table. This is a game developed for individuals who are blind or visually impaired with a combination of ping pong, air hockey, and goalball activities on a table top for a challenging game. Special thanks to the SD Association of the Blind in honor of Arnold and Betty Auch and the SD Foundation for the Blind and the SDSBVI Arts & Special Activities Committee for their contributions. Summer Program During the months of June and July students will be able to take part in an exciting summer program at the SDSBVI. Emphasis will be placed on training in the “Expanded Core Curriculum” areas. In addition to the traditional academic subjects, students who are blind or visually impaired need to learn specific skills which address their individual learning modes to better help prepare them for independence. During our summer program we include the following experiences. Orientation and Mobility Independent Living Skills Assistive Technology Compensatory Academic Skills Social Interaction Skills Recreation and Leisure Skills Career Education Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired News The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1978 with the purpose of expanding social, recreational, and educational opportunities for students who are blind or visually impaired. The Foundation has an existing endowment that generates income to allow contributions to be given year after year. You can support students who are blind or visually impaired by making an immediate impact on the opportunities and enrichment activities in one of the following ways. Memberships: Become a member! Sustaining Member: (voting) Annual contribution of $50 or more Lifetime Member: (voting) Contributions of $500 or more in a one-time payment or the installment option Patron: (non-voting) Donation of any amount is appreciated. Bequest/Memorial: Remember your loved ones and friends with a memorial. Devise of Assets: Share your real estate and/or investments. For more information contact: South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 423 17th Avenue SE, Aberdeen SD 57401; toll free at 1-888- 275-3814. Board Officers President: Mrs. Cathy B. Hall Vice President: Dr. Erika Tallman Treasurer: Mr. Charles A. Clark Secretary: Mr. R.Lee Ginsbach Members Mr. Lonald L. Gellhaus Dr. Marva M. Gellhaus Mr. James W. Rentz Ms. Dawn LaMee Ms. Dawn Brush Mr. Ted G. Fowler Mr. Carl Perry Mr. Bruce Johnson Dr. Marjorie Kaiser: Ex-Officio New Foundation Members (8/01/06-3/25/07) Sustaining and Patrons SD Picnic Association of Arizona, Mesa AZ Aberdeen Lioness Club, Aberdeen SD Tulare Lions Club, Tulare SD Nancy Aman, Aberdeen SD Doug and Lynette Auch, Lesterville SD House of Glass, Inc, Aberdeen SD Eugene and Marlene Linton, Sioux Falls SD BAE Systems, Aberdeen SD Dr Jason Jahn OD, Brookings SD RDO Equipment Co., Fargo ND Aberdeen News Co., Aberdeen SD Charles and Sandra Taskerud, Mahomet IL Ophthalmology Associates, Aberdeen SD Mark Mehlhoff Insurance, Aberdeen SD Robert and Glenda Nixon, Rapid City SD Jeff and Erin Horstmeyer, Sioux Falls SD Dale and Kai Weigel, Midwest Credits, Inc, Aberdeen SD Jason and Heather Grebner, Aberdeen SD Rossknecht Appraisal Services, Rapid City SD Padgett Auto Sales, Aberdeen SD Walter A. Hack Jr., Omaha NE Eyeopener Lions Club, Huron SD Mabee Eye Clinic, Mitchell SD Ken's Super Market, Inc, Aberdeen SD Grimsrud Vision Clinic, Sisseton SD Hearing Care Professional Inc., Aberdeen SD Rene Graf, Aberdeen SD James Barnett OD, Sioux Falls SD Marjory Bucholz, Martin SD Michael Klimisch, Sioux Falls SD Roger and Nancy Moinichen, Aberdeen SD Pantorium Inc., Aberdeen SD Rolla H. Binger, Tulare SD Schwan Welding & Boiler Repair, Aberdeen SD Grote Roofing Co Inc., Aberdeen SD Julie Van Dover, Barnard SD Dacotah Bank, Aberdeen, SD Professional Hair Design, Bev Salwei, Aberdeen SD Klepetka Adv. Specialty Co., Aberdeen SD Foot Creek Bed & Breakfast, Ron & Carla Kaaz, Aberdeen SD Roger Braaten, Sioux Falls SD Dr. Peter E Lakstigala, Sioux Falls SD Jason Lorenz OD, Aberdeen SD Evergreen Supply Inc, Aberdeen SD NorthWestern Energy, Aberdeen SD Jamie Drageset, Aberdeen SD Lifetime Carl and Sheryl Perry, Aberdeen SD Ted and Carol Fowler, Aberdeen SD Vision Care Associates LLP, Aberdeen SD Memorial for Karen Mayry Rudy and Doris Rudel, Rapid City SD Memorial for Mabel Braaten Roger Braaten, Sioux Falls SD Memorial for Sarah Mehlhaff Lonald L. and Marva Gellhaus, Groton SD Memorial for Wanda Hisel Lonald L. and Marva Gellhaus, Groton SD Memorial for Virgil Locken Lonald L. and Marva Gellhaus, Groton SD Memorial for Joe Cronk Patricia A. Cronk, Mt Pleasant SC Memorial for David Fischbach Patricia A. Cronk, Mt Pleasant SC Memorial for Warren Welk Jason Welk, Aberdeen SD Memorial for Dawn Nerison Justin and Amy Scepaniak, Aberdeen SD Kathy Prouse, Residential Child Care Staff, assists several students during the annual “Christmas Sharing” activities, where students worked hard to create special gifts for the important people in their lives. Christmas Program Featured both group and individual vocal and instrumental music Voting Machines: Maxine Taylor, Brown County Auditor, demonstrated the new accessible voting machines to Derek Turner and Analis Dannen. Northern State University “Dominant 7” jazz group performed for the staff and students. “Sweetheart Royalty” Selected in a vote by their peers were King Waldon Halverson and Queen Tiffany Clark; candy and stuffed animals topped off the day Student News Student Council leadership selected in the fall were: President: Tony Shucraft; Secretary: Analis Dannen; Vice-President: Chantell Heath; Steering Committee: Waldon Halverson; Arts & Special Activities: Tony Shucraft; Teen Center: Tony Shucraft, Wade Turner, and Analis Dannen; Wellness Committee: Chantell Heath; Food Survey: Chantell Heath, Derek Turner, and Wade Turner; and Social Activities: Clara Wren and Santana Lone Wolf. Advisor is Principal Mark Krogstrand Student Council News and Notes Thanks to the efforts of many students the Council has: raised $153 for the Salvation Army over the holidays while ringing bells; worked at the Family-Y Girls’ Basketball Tourney concession stand with the Aberdeen Lioness Club; participated in the NSU Gypsy Day parade; sold quilt raffle tickets; painted and organized the new teen center; continue to collect expired hunting licenses; and enjoyed a Christmas supper out on the town. Honor Roll Congratulations to Tony Schucraft, Chantell Heath, and Analis Dannen for earning recognition for their academic work by making the “Merit Roll” (2.6 GPA or better) during the 1st Nine Weeks. White Cane Day Members of the Student Council worked with members of the Aberdeen Lions Club to promote “White Cane Day” to share a greater awareness about the travel and mobility tool for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. As a result of their efforts, money was raised for the SD Lions Foundation and the Aberdeen Lions Club. A special thanks to Aberdeen Lions member and staff member Sue Birrenkott for her efforts with this project for our students and the Lions! Wolves Hoops The NSU Men’s Basketball Team hosted a pizza party for students and staff. Students, who attend home games at the Barnett Center, enjoyed meeting the players “up close and personal!” A special thanks to Coach Don Meyer, his assistant coaches, and the ballplayers for a special night! Students of the Quarters Lacey Killingsworth was recognized in the 1st Quarter for her efforts in many areas including completing 250 hours of off- campus work experience, her maturity, positive attitude, and a willingness to help others. Congratulations, Lacey! Sean Sipes was recognized in the 2nd Quarter for his ongoing work in OT to develop his job skills needed in the upcoming opportunities, continued efforts in extending his walking skills, and his efforts in the Apartment Program. Congratulations Sean! Brown County Teen Court Derek Turner was asked to serve as a member of the Brown County Teen Court Board. Teen Court is a volunteer program which assists teenage offenders in assuming responsibility for their behavior. Offenders are brought before a jury of their peers where they are appropriately sentenced to fit the crime they have committed. Mayor’s Committee Wade Turner was asked to serve as a member the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. The purpose of the committee is to advocate for the removal of mobility and attitudinal barriers faced by people with disabilities in Aberdeen. Valentine’s Day NSU Campus Lions Club treated the students to a night of games, music, treats, and dancing to top off the special day! Ski for Light Students, Derek and Wade Turner enjoyed the opportunity to participate on the slopes at the 29th Annual Black Hills Regional Ski for Light. Events were held at the Terry Peak Ski Area and the Wharf Resources Area. Cross Country results from the 1 km male 35 & under race came in with Derek and his guide Eric Ace turning in a time of 11:52 and Wade and his guide Vern Olson close behind with a 13:23. Homecoming The School celebrated “Homecoming Week” with royalty being crowned and each day having a fun theme, including “inside-out day”, “cap day”, “pop/candy day” ,“dress up day”, and “Blue and Gold Day” Queen Chantell Heath and King Waldon Halverson Recognition We Welcome! Isaac Malsom and Lynette Gisi both Residential Child Care Workers and Richard Blondo as a temporary Maintenance Staff. Jane Ann Leonard, Adaptive Physical Education Instructor received “The Pathfinder Award” from the SDAAHPERD. The award provides recognition to women who have demonstrated continuous dedication to the promotion and support of girls and women in sport and physical activity. Dr. Marjorie Kaiser, Superintendent, was recently elected as a prominent trustee to American Foundation of the Blind's (AFB) National Board of Trustees. Dr. Kaiser earned her Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota in 1999, an M.S. from Northern State University in 1986, and her B.S. from St. Cloud State University in 1970. She has worked at the School for over 25 years. The American Foundation for the Blind is a national non-profit organization that works to expand options for people with vision loss. The AFB promotes independent living through their work with access technology, resources for individuals of all ages and their families, tools for professionals, and work on public policy issues that effect the blind. Special Foundation Recognition Dr. Erika Tallman, Vice President, was given this plaque in appreciation for the years of dedicated services on behalf of the South Dakota Foundation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Good Luck with your retirement! Project PAVE At the invitation of Dr. Anne Corn of Vanderbilt University and the Director of Project PAVE (Providing Access to the Visual Environment), Dr. Marva Gellhaus, Riki Nitz, and Julie Van Dover, Certified Low Vision Therapists, traveled to Nashville, TN in mid-February to observe Project PAVE. Funded through the Tennessee Department of Education, PAVE is a project of Vanderbilt Eye Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is an outreach program that provides low vision evaluations, optical devices, and training and follow-up services to children with low vision in the state of Tennessee. PAVE Optometrists specialize in low vision evaluations and low vision devices. PAVE teachers are certified to provide training and instruction to the students at their school in the use and care of any prescribed optical device, as well as assessments and follow-up to track progress of the child’s use of the device. Our purpose in observing this nationally known low vision program was to gather information and ideas for increasing and improving low vision services for students with low vision in South Dakota. Families Connecting with Families “Parents, mark your calendars for a weekend to remember! The 2nd annual “National Families Conference” will be held in Omaha, NE, July 13-15, 2007. Conference information and a registration form can be found on AFB’s website: http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=28&TopicID=322 The conference is being designed for families. Parents will learn about raising children with visual impairments and share their experiences. There will be childcare and special activities for children and teens, including a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo (www.omahazoo.com). There will be a pioneer style cookout with campfire, music, and stories for the whole family. The SD Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering stipends to cover the registration fee for families. For information contact Superintendent Marje Kaiser, toll free at 1- 888-275-3814 or 605-626-2580, or at email@example.com. Major sponsors for the Families Conference include the American Foundation for the Blind, The Hadley School for the Blind, and The Seeing Eye. Donations The School would like to thank the following individuals or businesses for their recent contributions. Monetary Donations Sioux Falls Sioux Empire Noon Club, Sioux Falls SD Brookings Noon Lions Club, Brookings SD Eyeopener Lions Club, Huron SD First United Methodist Church, Aberdeen SD Tacoma Park Place / Dakota River Ranch, Bath SD SDSBVI Arts & Special Activities Committee (Teen Center) Miscellaneous Donations New Trends School & Office Supplies (Califon Cassette Recorder) Pat Geditz (microwave) Aberdeen Lions & Lioness Clubs (Back-to-School Picnic) Heather and Bernice Olson (clothes and afghans) Jayne Reuer (quilt) Pete & Lorri Peterson (Santa & Reindeer decorations) Fraternal Order of Police (tickets to Bellamy Brothers Concert) Bradley and Cindy Wren (tickets to Make-A-Wish Bull Riding Extravaganza) Aberdeen Exchange Club (tickets to “BackBeat” Tribute to the Beatles) Michael Mitchell (sweaters and coats) Sandra Payne (Book: The Essential 55) Rolly and Bess Aman, Aberdeen, SD (typewriter) Lorri Peterson (Books: Harry Potter) Cathy DeCurtains (Book: Maximum Ride) Northern State University (complimentary passes to sporting events) Aberdeen Lions Club (birthday balloons and gift certificates) Aberdeen Lions & Lioness Clubs (student Christmas party) NSU Student Lions Club (Valentine’s party) Dr. Marva Gellhaus (videos: Arthur’s Eyes, Arthur’s Family Vacation, Benji’s Very Own Christmas Story, Little Bear: Parties & Picnics, Hello Kitty & Friends, Barney’s Good Clean Fun, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Janel Ludwig (Books: I Don’t Want To Take a Bath & I Don’t Want To Go To Bed) Grandma Jane Shaner (videos: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire) Element 21Golf Club Manufacturer, Canada (Scandium Alloy shafts to make prototype long canes) NSU Men’s Basketball Team (pizza party) Coca-Cola Company (PowerAde and water for Track, Forensics, Goalball, & Swim Meets) Lifetouch Photography (All-School picture) Wayne Krage (gloves, hats and coats) Aberdeen Community Theater (tickets) Dakota Heritage Chorus, Aberdeen SD (tickets) Aberdeen A.B.A.T.E. & Northland Strollers (tickets to motorcycle/car show) Yelduz Shrine Temple, Aberdeen SD (circus tickets) Jim and Kay Ortmeier (ice cream buckets) Memorials for Betty Auch Avis Bergh, Sioux Falls SD Carmen Schramm, Utica SD Viola Smith, Sioux Falls SD Arnold Auch, Sioux Falls SD Olin Odland, Sioux Falls SD Linda Bertsch, Sioux Falls SD David A. Witte, Sioux Falls SD Shirley Thompson, Sioux Falls SD Pat Darger, Sioux Falls SD Blizzard and Birthday A true South Dakota blizzard arrived on our 107th birthday! Consultants’ Corner Amy/Indira/Riki/Marva Teaching Strategies for Children with Low Vision Low vision has been defined as “A visual impairment after correction, but with [usable] vision, with or without optical or non-optical . . . visual strategies, devices, and environmental modifications. . . [Vision is used to] plan and perform daily tasks.” This definition by Corn and Koenig (2000) lists environmental modifications as a valuable tool when we are working with students who have low vision. As we discuss educational settings, some environmental modifications are simple; others may take more time for planning and implementation. Selected suggestions are as follows: A well-organized room where the furniture is rarely moved is helpful. “Routinized locations” can remove stress from the environment. Desks can be arranged in clusters or rows but there should be an orderly grid pattern. Materials such as markers or scissors may be easier to locate if kept in storage containers that provide high contrast with their background. Storage materials and regularly used books should have large print or Braille labels. Bold lines and spacing can be very important for handwriting paper. Multiple formats styles are available. Lighting in classroom should be evaluated. Variables that can be easily modified include window coverings, student desk location, and teacher desk location. Other variables include weather conditions, time of day, student’s sensitivity to light, and variability of the student’s eye condition. Different types of lamps and bulbs, use of rheostats, and overhead lighting conditions should be discussed with the student Wall color is important because it can be used to enhance contrast. Light colored walls provide more light. Flat colored paint can reduce glare. Proximity of the student to the activity is important. The object to be viewed can be moved closer to the student or the student can move closer to the object. Preferential seating is important. Simplifying the visual environment can be helpful. Avoid visual clutter by placing plain curtains over bookcases and storage areas. Avoid materials with patterned backgrounds. Display class artwork and projects in designated areas. Localizing and focusing on the materials to be viewed may be visually difficult. Figure-ground determination may be difficult. Allow the student additional time to visually study and locate the materials to be viewed. Additional time may be needed to shift gaze between visual targets. Wheelchair trays and work areas should be covered with non-glare, contrasting materials. Workplace backgrounds can be easily modified with felt, non- glare contact paper, placemats or tablecloths. Try to keep noises/auditory distractions to a minimum. Children with low vision are often sensitive to auditory clues. These students may also be more easily distracted by noises and sounds within the classroom. The higher the noise level in the classroom the less valuable auditory clues become. Low-tech solutions are always better than high-tech solutions if they result in the same outcomes. Many environmental solutions are low-tech solutions. As educators we have a responsibility to look at ways to equalize educational opportunities for all students with special needs. For students with low vision, environmental modifications within the classroom are one way to do this. By Christy Chitwood, CCHS & Marva Gellhaus, SDSBVI Vision Tips Using Color and Contrast: Use a dark switch plate on a white wall. Make sure that doorknobs contrast with doors. Place a light-colored hand towel on the seat of a dark chair (or vice versa) to help find the chair more easily. Use contrasting paint or tape on the last stair step to help indicate the bottom of the stairs. When traveling, consider using brightly colored luggage (red/yellow/etc.) to distinguish your luggage from others. Tactile Art Display Sara Christensen-Blair, Northern State University Professor and the members of her Design I art class provided the SDSBVI with more “touchable” art. As part of a class requirement and with a focus on service learning, each student creates an art piece featuring textures that can be touched. NSU artist Brenda Kohlman’s artwork was selected by the students to become part of the school's permanent art collection. The South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired provided the funding to purchase her art. Area Music Contest Under the guidance of Music Instructor Phyllis Heier students participated in the Area IV Music Contest held at Northern State University. Analis Dannen earned a “Superior” for both her vocal and piano solos, while the Mixed Vocal Ensemble of Chantell Heath, Derek Turner, Wade Turner, Tiffany Clark, and Analis Dannen earned an “Excellent”. Move for Heart The students and staff enjoyed an afternoon of exercising and raised over $800 for the American Heart Association. Winter Fun! The students and staff enjoyed an afternoon of ice skating and sledding at the Holum Expo Center. Sports and Activities Track and Field The track meets found the students competing against a strong field from schools for the blind. Coaches Bob McLaughlin and Jodi Carlsgaard were very pleased with the students’ efforts and how they represented the SDSBVI. SDSBVI Dual Meet: (Minnesota, South Dakota) Wade Turner: 50M (6:63), Long Jump (6’5”), 3-Consecutive Jump (20’10”), Triple Jump (17’7”); Derek Turner: 50M (13:32), Long Jump (5’4”), Triple Jump (17’6”), Shot Put (18’4”), 500M (2:35.85); Tony Schucraft: 50M (7:94), 400M (1:23.16), Long Jump (9’4”), Shot Put (25’2”); Waldon Halverson: Long Jump (12’5”), Triple Jump (24’91/2”), Shot Put (22’8”), 50M (7:72), 400M (1:16.88); Emery Long Crow: 60M (14:71), 400M (2:31.47), Long Jump (5’3”), Shot Put (11’1”); Analis Dannen: 50M (14:19), 600M (3:14.90), Standing Long Jump (4’1/2”), 3- Consecutive Jump (10’51/2”), Shot Put (9’7”); Santana Lone Wolf: 60M (22:02), 3-Consecutive Jump (9’9”), Standing Long Jump (3’21/2”); Chantell Heath: 50M (10:00), 500M (2:05.47), 800M (4:54.87), Running Long Jump (8’4”), Shot Put (15’61/2”); Lacey Killingsworth: 50M (13:53), 500M (2:19.38), Running Long Jump (4’71/2”), Shot Put (12’51/2”); Tiffany Clark: 50M (11:87), 500M (2:07.03), 800M (4:55.47), Running Long Jump (4’71/2”), Shot Put (7’5”); Clara Wren: 60M (17:4), 400M (3:17.34), Shot Put (5’7”). Minnesota Track Meet: (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Kansas) Wade Turner: 60M (10:69), Long Jump (6’5”), 3-Consecutive Jump (20’7”), Triple Jump (17’10”); Derek Turner: 60M (11:28), Long Jump (5’3”), Triple Jump (16’2”), Shot Put (19’9”); Tony Schucraft: 1500M (7:58.0), Long Jump (9’11”), Triple Jump (21’0”), Shot Put (28’0”); Waldon Halverson: Long Jump (13’2”), Triple Jump (27’0”), 800M (2:56.0), 1500M (7:04.0); Analis Dannen: 60M (15:94), 600M (3:57.40), Standing Long Jump (3’6”), 3-Consecutive Jump (11’4”), Shot Put (10’1”); Chantell Heath: 60M (12:78), 400M (1:54.43), 800M (4:39), Running Long Jump (7’61/2”), Shot Put (14’81/4”); Lacey Killingsworth: 60M (16:31), 400M (2:01.25), Running Long Jump (3’2”), Shot Put (10’101/2”); Tiffany Clark: 60M (14:06), 400M (2:60.19), 800M (4:45.81), Running Long Jump (4’41/2”), Shot Put (8’53/4”). All School Track Meet Johnny Sauer: 60 M Run (28:05), Tennis Ball Throw (27’3”), Standing Long Jump (1’10”); Julia Kolash: 60 M Run (15:69), Tennis Ball Throw (17”), Standing Long Jump (2’10”); Riley Schaffer: 60 M Run (26:22), Tennis Ball Throw (8”), Standing Long Jump (1’1/2”); Leonna Winters: 60 M Run (33:53), Tennis Ball Throw (8’61/4”), Standing Long Jump (1’7”); Clara Wren: 60 M Run (20:53), Softball Throw (9’1/2”), Standing Long Jump (2’10”); Tiffany Clark: Shot Put (8’10”), Running Long Jump (4’2”), 60 M Run (14:62), 200 Meter Tandem (Analis) (1:01.81); Analis Dannen: 3- Consecutive Jump (12’3”), Shot Put (11’81/2”), 600 M Run (3:53.25), 60 M Run (17), Standing Long Jump (3’10”), 200 Meter Tandem (Tiffany) (1:01.81); Kim Beckler: 60 M Run (43:00), Standing Long Jump (1’8”), Softball Throw (19’4”); Linda Perez: 60 M Run (37:81), Standing Long Jump (11”), Softball Throw (10’1/2”); Santana Lone Wolf: 3-Consecutive Jump (9’), Standing Long Jump (2’6”), 200 Meter Tandem (Chantell) (1:05.05), 60 M Run (22:38); Lacey Killingsworth: 60 M Run (17:78), 600 M Run (3.55.54), Running Long Jump (3’3”), 1st 3-Consecutive Jump, Shot Put (12’); Chantell Heath: 60 M Run (13:94), Running Long Jump (6’4”), Shot Put (15’21/2”), 2nd Long Jump, 200 Meter Tandem (Santana) (1:05.05); Mariah DeMarrias: 60 M Run (18:25), Softball Throw (36’1”), Standing Long Jump (3’1”); Wade Turner: 60 M Run (10:09), Standing Long Jump (6’9”), 3-Consecutive Jump (19’9”), Standing Triple Jump (18’6”); Sean Sipes: Softball Throw (14’6”), 50 M Wheelchair Race (1:06.46); Derek Turner: 1st Shot Put, 3rd Long Jump, 2nd Triple Jump, 60M Run (10:11); Andrew Fodness: 60 M Run (16:90), Standing Long Jump (3’4”), Tennis Ball Throw (22’); Emery Long Crow: Shot Put (13’9”), 60 M Run (18:94), Running Long Jump (5’8”), 1st 3-Consecutive Jumps, 1st Triple Jump; Waldon Halverson: Shot Put (26’9”), Running Triple Jump (27’5”), 60M Run (9:44), 1st Running Long Jump (13’8”); Jacob Bieber: Tennis Ball Throw (1’91/2”), 60M Run (29:97), Standing Long Jump (8”); Tony Schucraft: Shot Put (26’101/2”), 60 M Run (16:01); Jeremy Bruns: Softball Throw (18’31/2”); Shane Hoffman: Tennis Ball Throw (6’41/2”). Bowling Fun The vocal group of Analis Dannen, Chantell Heath, Tiffany Clark, Wade Turner, Derek Turner, Sean Sipes, and Santana Lone Wolf under the direction of music instructor, Phyllis Heier, sang “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the festivities! The “Special Olympians” got their season underway by participating in the Regional and State Bowling Tournaments at the Village Bowl in Aberdeen. Our bowlers results at the Regional Meet included 1st Place: Santana Lone Wolf, Riley Schaffer, Jacob Bieber, Johnny Sauer, Shane Hoffman, Clara Wren, Kimberly Beckler, and Emery Long Crow; 2nd Place: Andrew Fodness; 3rd Place: Sean Sipes and Mariah DeMarrias; 4th Place: Linda Perez-Delker. State Meet results included 1st Place: Santana Lone Wolf, Jacob Bieber, and Riley Schaffer; 2nd Place: Johnny Sauer and Shane Hoffman; 3rd Place: Andrew Fodness; and 4th Place: Kim Beckler, Sean Sipes, Mariah DeMarrias, Linda Perez-Delker, and Clara Wren. Special Thanks to Student Council Members Tony Schucraft, Waldon Halverson, and Chantell Heath for assisting the bowlers on the lanes. A GREAT time was had at the “Opening Ceremonies” of karaoke and dancing and a wonderful banquet and special awards at the Ramada in Aberdeen on Saturday night topped off a great weekend! Once again our students living up to the Special Olympics oath “Let Me Win, But If I Cannot Win, Let Me Be Brave in the Attempt!” HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR PIONEER? The Pioneer is available in four other formats: 1) large print, 2) Braille, and 3) e-mail. We ask you to return this form if you want to change your Pioneer format or if you have an address change. NAME: ADDRESS: CITY/STATE/ZIP: CHANGES: Return to: Dawn LaMee, Pioneer Editor South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 423 17th Avenue SE, Aberdeen SD 57401-7699 Phone # (605) 626-2580 or Toll Free 1-888-275-3814 Fax # (605) 626-2607 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Pioneer: Volume 44, No 1 - Fall/Winter 2006-07 The Pioneer is published twice a year by the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 423 17th Avenue SE, Aberdeen SD 57401-7699. Printing costs are donated by the South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired.