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'Casual' day benefits state school for blind
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JOHN’S CREEK — Last year, Gov. Sonny Purdue, issued a proclamation in support of Georgia Casual Week to increase awareness and support for the Georgia Academy for the Blind Student Fund. By his proclamation, Perdue  encouraged Georgia’s business community to support the academy’s mission of creating independent, productive future Georgia workers by encouraging and allowing employee participation in a casual week.
Donna Boylan, a mother of a student at the academy, developed the fundraiser, which raised $50,000 last Feb. 9-13.
This year, Georgia Casual Week will be Feb. 8-12. Business that choose to participate will allow employees to dress casually on those days in exchange for donations. Participation by employers and employees is voluntary.
There is no cost to the employer, and proceeds collected go to the academy’s fund.
The Georgia Academy for the Blind Student Fund is supported solely by donations. Some of the programs financed by the fund include off-campus fieldwork for all students, clothing and shoes for students who are in need, the motivational wage program for students who work on campus, wheel chairs and other equipment for students with orthopedic impairments and an educational summer camp hosted by the academy.
The Georgia Academy for the Blind was established in Macon in 1852 by legislation to meet the educational needs of blind students throughout the state. It is the state’s only residential school for the blind, deaf-blind and multi-disabled children ranging in age from 3 to 21 years.
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