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Rewards on Braille birthday

Patna, Jan. 4: Sixty visually impaired students of Antarjyoti Netrahin Balika Vidyalaya today got new reasons to smile on the 203rd birth anniversary of Louis Braille, who has been their source of inspiration and strength.

A non-profit organisation, Amway Opportunity Foundation, which had organised competitions such as Braille reading and computer transcription yesterday, today rewarded the participants for their efforts.

Winners received radio sets, while big and small transistors were handed over to students in second and third places respectively. Access to uninterrupted music or programmes made the girls happy.

Sukriti Kumari, a Class VIII student who got the first prize in Braille reading competition, was excited because listening to music would be easy now.

“I am on cloud nine today. I love listening to music and this (the radio set) is the best prize I could have ever got in my life. Now, I can listen to music whenever I want to,” said a smiling Sukriti.

Another student, Sushma Kumari, who stood first in the computer transcription competition, was extremely happy too. “There are several radio programmes that I love to tune in to. Our hostel warden has a radio set and she allows us to listen to different programmes. But now that I have won a radio of my own, I will be able to hear my favourite programmes without interruption,” said Sushma.

The residential school, Antarjyoti Netrahin Balika Vidyalaya, run by Bihar Netrahin Parishad in Kumhrar, also invited various dignitaries to celebrate the Braille birth anniversary programme.

While Gopal Singh, training manager, Amway Opportunity Foundation, and Ashish Kumar Roy, general manager, State Bank of India, Patna, handed over the prizes to the students, Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib secretary Raja Singh distributed blankets, shoes and socks among the schoolchildren.

Promising funds for the school’s under-construction first floor, Raja said: “I will extend all possible help to the school, which is a milestone in providing education to the visually impaired students.”