The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually
Impaired is one of eight finalists, the only one in Chicago, for a
$7,500 Better World Books grant to promote literacy here. But it
needs help to win it.
Chicago Lighthouse Executive Director Janet Szlyk says the grant
money would be used to buy books for Chicago Lighthouse's new
preschool slated to open in September, allowing them to expose all
of the children to Braille and alphanumeric characters.
"The school will be dedicated to building acceptance and
tolerance," Szlyk says, adding she believes it is the only program
of its kind in the Midwest. "I think it will break down barriers in
the long term."
The preschool, with both morning and afternoon sessions
available, is be open to all children ages 3-5, including those
at-risk, those from the zip codes surrounding the Chicago
Lighthouse and children who are blind or have low vision.
Chicago Lighthouse is currently in second place. To vote, visit
Voting ends Friday.
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