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

Congrats: Cynthia and Danny Ramos and Arnold Campell congratulate 4-year-old Winter Ramos for graduating from Helen Keller Services for the Blind’s preschool on Friday.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

May it be the first of many to come!

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.”

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On to the next: Iolanta Mamatkazina and her daughter Ekaterina, along with the rest of the family, celebrate the big day.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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