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HON. MARY JO KILROY OF OHIO IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Monday, March 15, 2010
Ms. KILROY. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band, who in January 2010, became the first blind marching band in the nation to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Thirty-five talented and inspirational blind students, accompanied by their sighted marching assistants, demonstrated their unique abilities by marching alongside some of the nation's top marching bands.
Located in Columbus, the publicly-funded Ohio State School for the Blind offers academic, vocational, and extra-curricular opportunities to its
students. The school is committed to developing their students' potential by partnering with the community to ensure that their students' educational experience is both effective and enjoyable.
The Ohio State School for the Blind has the only fully blind marching band in the nation. Before joining the Tournament of Roses Parade, the marching band performed at the Ohio School for the Deaf football games and other local events. This unique marching band was formed in 2005 and the members were thrilled to discover in October 2008 that their application to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade had been approved.
January 1, 2010, was an exciting day for central Ohio. In addition to celebrating the victory of The Ohio State Buckeyes over the University of Oregon Ducks, I was proud to see the young people of the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band represent our district with such passion and skill. The marching band completed the full parade route of almost six miles and participated in the halftime show, wowing the crowds with their signature performance of Script Ohio in Braille.
The Ohio School for the Blind provides an immeasurable service to our blind children and their families. Their marching band's recent trip to California is an excellent example of one of the many achievements these dedicated and talented students have attained. It is with great pride that I honor the Ohio State School for the Blind and congratulate its stellar Marching Band on such a remarkable achievement.