Senator Galluccio visited the Kelly School in Chelsea MA on Thursday to award Precious Perez with a special citation signed by Senate President Therese Murray, honoring her for achieving the highest score in the entire 4th grade class at her school on the recent the spring 2007 English Language Arts MCAS test. This is a very special accomplishment given that Precious is totally blind and took the test in Braille. In collaboration with the Chelsea Public Schools, Precious has received specialized instruction from the Carroll Center’s Educational Services Department since she was in kindergarten, enabling her to acquire the adaptive skills she needs to be fully integrated with her sighted peers in her local public school. Congratulations to Ed Services teachers Janet Ulwick-Sacca and Kate Crohan and to the staff of the Kelly School for their very successful teaching partnership!
Precious is also a frequent participant in the CarrollKids Academic and Social Enrichment Programs, and has recently been named a finalist in the National Braille Challenge which will be hosted by the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles on June 28th. This is the second time in three years that Precious will be among the New England students who will be representing the Carroll Center at this national competition!