The end of a school year is always exciting and full of anticipation, especially for seniors. But the seniors at Conifer High School, Colorado, are no ordinary students. They are a family.
The high school is set in the close-knit Conifer community at the foothills in Colorado. The students know each other, so do their parents, most of whom attended the same school.
Being a senior year, they needed one final yearbook to keep the treasured memories of their time at school.
One of the seniors at Conifer High School is Randy J Sampson. He is one of the students that enjoyed his time at the school. But one thing set him apart; he is visually impaired. That means he may not enjoy the seniors’ yearbook as much as he’d want to.
Randy Sampson’s Freshman Year Request
Several years ago, at the end of his freshmen year, Randy had requested his teacher to make a braille yearbook. While the teacher, Laurel Ainsworth, deemed the idea brilliant, she was unsure of how to execute it since publishing yearbooks is no mean task.
However, now that it was Randy’s senior year at the school, Laurel, who is the yearbook’s editor in chief, decided to actualize his dream. But she knew she couldn’t do it alone. So she sought the help of the vision committee and the yearbook club. This team of selfless humans spent close to 1500 hours, creating a fantastic yearbook for Sampson.
Sampson’s Special Senior Yearbook Unveiling
The book was unique. It was black covered and filled with colorful photos. Though some parts were in braille, the rest of it wasn’t translated into braille.
So this team made an audio and visual file to fill in the rest of the information. But all this had to be kept a secret from Sampson!
This team planned a special assembly just before graduation. It was at this assembly that Laurel Ainsworth revealed her surprise to RJ Sampson, a senior braille yearbook!
Sampson was overwhelmed as he received his gift. He did not think that his teacher remembered his request from his freshman year, leave alone actualizing it.
The assembly was abuzz with joy and excitement as Sampson leafed through his brand new braille yearbook.
“There is no words to describe how thankful I am,” said Sampson, who was still shocked and grateful that his teacher managed to grant his request. “I can’t wait to read it!” said a beaming Sampson. This was his first yearbook.