STARS Student's Project Commitment
We received the following absence note from the father of a STARS student last month and wanted to share it with our readers. Thank you to Mr. Buckley for allowing us to use his email in this month’s newsletter and congratulations to Cole Buckley for being recognized for his work as an advocate and ambassador at his school!
“I’m reaching out to let you know that Cole won’t be at STARS today because of a commitment he made to his 1st grade teacher.
Back in 2015, the 1st graders in Cole’s school were assigned a project called “What can one little person do?” At the end of the project, a few 1st graders were selected to present their proposals to the Decatur city commission. Cole decided to advocate for more braille signage at city intersections and he was selected to present his proposal to the mayor and commission.
After that, Cole continued his advocacy for visually impaired students by serving as a guest speaker at younger classes. During these speaking engagements, Cole explains what life is like for visually impaired students, and he teaches strategies to help sighted students to sensitively and effectively interact with their visually impaired peers. Cole’s first grade teacher is working on a similar project with her current class and they have a book reading event this evening relating to it. She has asked Cole and a couple of her other former students to come speak at the book reading about their experiences with their “one little person” projects and to give advice to the younger kids.
All of this to say that, even though he won’t be at STARS today, Cole will still be advocating for public awareness of, and sensitivity toward, the visually impaired community.”
Harold Buckley, Jr
Father of STARS Student, Cole Buckley