Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-05-28 14:34:21 –
Springdale, Ark (KNWA / KFTA) — On the last day of school, Arkansas students received an unforgettable surprise from their peers.
Fifth grade Mario Pacheco is one of the best students at Turnbow Elementary School.
Mario said, “It was a tough year, but I was finally able to survive.
On Thursday, he was presented with a Braille graduation album specially made for him and a 3D print of his fifth grade classmates and teachers.
“I can’t believe everyone like my friends is here,” Mario said. “It just means that I will never forget them.
The mastermind behind the idea was Tracy Whelan, a group of students and teachers who spent hundreds of hours working on gifts that Mario cherishes forever.
“I thought it would be fun for Mario to meet all his classmates,” said student Levi Robertson.
“I felt it was special to work for someone to be happy,” said student Shima Arshaibani.
“It doesn’t matter if Mario is visually impaired, because every child is so cherished here. He is one of his classmates and one of their friends. We care for each other here, “said Mrs. Whelan.
Mario’s most excited 3D printing was the visual teacher who taught Braille.
Mario’s mother says she stopped buying the yearbook because she was disappointed just because she felt the page was smooth, but putting her face in the name has new implications.
“This crowd, this turmoil just for him is great. To be honest, I’m speechless,” said Mario’s mother, Mariza Ocampo.
Mrs. Weeran says the school had just received the technique used to create a professional yearbook at the end of the previous semester. She says this only raises the bar for future students and the projects they want to do to give back to the community.
Class surprises blind 5th grader with Braille yearbook and 3-D prints of their portraits Source link Class surprises blind 5th grader with Braille yearbook and 3-D prints of their portraits