IN THIS ISSUE
The Class of 2003
The Center’s little graduates made their families as well as the Blind Childrens Center staff proud. The day was filled with many exciting events. Prior to the graduation ceremony, the graduates along with the Center’s other students dazzled guests with a musical program prepared in honor of the special day, and Mrs. Rosemarie Stack presented the Robert Stack Achievement Award to Center Alumni Rick Plath. Congratulations Graduates! Good Luck! You will be missed!
The Feel of Easter
All the children had a great time hunting for beeping Easter eggs at the Annual Easter Party. The beeping eggs were developed to enable blind children to hunt for Easter eggs using their other senses. The Easter bunny also stopped by to give out baskets while live bunnies, ducks, and fluffy, little chicks scampered throughout the yard.
A very special thank you to our friends who helped make the day so much fun — Janice & Ralph Lake, Mandeville Neighbors, Mattel, Performance Team Freight Systems, and South Bay Delta Gamma Alumnae.
In Loving Memory of
Board members, staff and the children, will miss Robert Stack. We were honored to have his friendship and support. The Blind Childrens Center has named an award in his honor. The Robert Stack Achievement Award will be given annually to a Blind Childrens Center graduate who exemplifies the highest level of achievement. Our most sincere condolences to his wife, Rosemarie.
Special Thank You To
Special thank you to Bob Garringer, District General Manager, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Fire Safety Division, in conjunction with SBT Caring Hands for spearheading the project, Jesus DeLuna, project manager, and Jaime Martinez of PTS Solutions, Inc., for installing our wonderful new security alarm system. It is a very special gift and we all feel much safer with it in place. Also, thank you to Wayne Horton for introducing Mr. Garringer to the Blind Childrens Center.
In Loving Memory of
We were deeply saddened to hear of Ruth Shelby's passing on July 3, 2003. As a Delta Gamma at USC, she was instrumental in the very beginning structure of the Center and a dear friend since 1934. Ruth served as Blind Childrens Center Board President from 1958–1960. We will miss her.
The Robert Stack Achievement Award
Rick Plath, Blind Childrens Center student from 1952 to 1954, was the first recipient of the Robert Stack Achievement Award. This new award will be given annually to a Blind Childrens Center graduate who exemplifies the highest level of achievement.
Rick successfully completed elementary and high school and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from USC. He has held many leadership positions in the community and currently serves as a member of Blind Childrens Center's Board of Directors.
Mrs. Rosemarie Stack presented the award giving supreme recognition to her husband, Robert Stack, a man we all admired, and to Rick, the recipient.