The entire middle school, grades 5 through 8, of the Adolph H. Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland County headed to the Visions Center on Blindness in New Hempstead Monday to spruce up the 35-acre residential rehabilitation and training center.
Wallace Greene, managing director of ASHAR, said the cleanup was done in conjunction with Keep Rockland Beautiful’s 2013 Great American Cleanup, which helps collect all sorts of trash from the county’s roadsides and elsewhere and also encourages beautification efforts.
“Our students were involved in all sorts of cleanup activities,” Greene said. “They were painting, raking, gardening, et cetera to help prepare the camp for the upcoming season.”
The center is operated by the New York City-based Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which serves 600 people throughout the year.
From the VCB website:
VCB is specially designed to encourage freedom of movement and independence. All walkways are paved. Guide rails border every path and ramps leading to dormitories and other facilities. Participants reside in coed dormitories, primarily in double rooms with some single rooms available. Bathrooms are shared and are accessible in most areas for wheelchair users. Porches and lounges offer cozy spots to relax and make new friends. Cottages are available for families and sighted siblings to create a comfortable environment where parents can participate with other families to learn how to care for their children, and discover the range of rehabilitation services available to their child.
Above, all photos courtesy of ASHAR.