School for the Blind to host 7th cane travel competition November 14 in Muskogee

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A record-breaking 33 contestants will convene Thursday, November 14, for the seventh Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Students from across Oklahoma will start competing at 10 a.m. to earn points and win prizes.

Cane Quest contestants in 7th through 12th grades will follow verbal directions and demonstrate appropriate cane skills and proper travel techniques to complete routes in downtown Muskogee.

Leaders congratulate School for the Blind’s Teacher of the Year

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Muskogee leaders and legislators recently recognized Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Laura Leatherman from Muskogee.

Leatherman, who is a fourth-grade teacher at OSB, was selected for the honor by a committee of co-workers.

She is a finalist for Professional Oklahoma Educators for Special Education.

For more information about OSB’s programs for children who are blind or visually impaired, phone 877-229-7136 toll free or visit

Oklahoma School for the Deaf receives cycling program grant for middle-school students

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SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf Physical Education Teacher Angie Shelby received a grant from the Outride Foundation to encourage middle school students to ride bikes.

OSD received 12 bikes, 12 helmets and an air pump through the comprehensive youth cycling education program Riding for Focus.

Shelby attended the training during the summer in California.

She then used Riding for Focus physical education curriculum to teach OSD students how to do safety inspections, check and fit helmets properly and ride their bikes safely.