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The Holy Name fourth grade classes partner with Penrickton Center for Blind Children. This unique center offers free care to children who are blind and multi-disabled to bring them joy and work with them to gain independence. Through our students outreach activities, they grow in awareness and understanding of the needs of children their age with disabilities and practice virtues as they support and interact with members of the center.

One activity the students' participate in is a field trip to visit the Penrickton Center. During the trip a staff member offers them a hands-on presentation that teaches them about blindness and the multiple disabilities that students at the center may have which helps them to step into the shoes of these children and the difficulties that they endure and overcome each day. Our students are grateful for the blessings they have and grow in empathy for those who are different than them. Our students also tour the center and see where the Penrickton Center's students spend their time playing, learning, eating, sleeping, and getting ready for the day.  This exposure helps them discover the many ways that children with disabilities are the same as them and realize the many different challenges they have and resources they need to do activities that our students can take for granted. A special part of the experience is that our students are able to meet and interact with some of the adorable young students at the center. The visit is full of joy, fun, and realizations. During the visit, several students said that they want to do more to help the center and that they want to volunteer at the center.

The Penrickton Center houses 33 children ages 1 to 12 years old year-round Monday through Friday (including nights). They provide their services free of charge to the families through the generosity of many donations big and small. Our Holy Name fourth grade classes offer financial support to the Penrickton Center by raising money through their mini-society projects sales. They are able to put forth their efforts to support a cause for which they have seen first hand those who benefit.

The Penrickton Center welcomes visitors. Tours are available and anyone can volunteer to stuff information envelopes that help the center raise awareness and raise much needed funds. Individuals 18 years of age or older are able to volunteer with the students anytime from about 8:30a.m. to about 8:00p.m.

Consider sharing in your child's outreach experience through touring, volunteering, or supporting the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children
26530 Eureka Road
Taylor, Michigan 48180

For more information visit or call 734-946-7500.
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