Con-grad-ulations! Youngsters graduate from Helen Keller Services for the Blind

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Ten youngsters celebrated their graduation from Downtown’s Helen Keller Services for the Blind preschool program on Friday with a commencement service that left one mother gushing with gratitude for the specialty school for the visually impaired.

“It was really nice,” said Cynthia Ramos, whose 4-year-old daughter Winter graduated from the program. “It’s a wonderful school and they are truly a blessing.”

The Willoughby Street school has been helping the visually impaired since 1893 — and the most recent class of squirts marked their accomplishments with diplomas, awards, and a celebratory feast, organizers said.

Ramos — whose daughter started at the school when she was 2 years old — said the institution played a big role in helping her hone her motor skills.

Now Winter will move onto another school, but Ramos says she will always have a warm spot in her heart for Helen Keller.

“When she started there she blossomed,” she said. “It’s just like a family — they help you with anything you need.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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