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My name is Molly Clesen and I currently work as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Springfield Public Schools. I interned for 5 weeks this summer with the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This was an opportunity to empower and contribute to an amazing program in this local community by working with the clients to help them complete tasks independently, teaching lessons on writing, Braille, and other techniques, and participating in games and exercises to stimulate other senses. My goal has been to keep all supporters informed with up to date information about my fundraising efforts and experiences abroad. Even though I have returned, the center for the blind continues to need support. If you would like to donate to a very worthwhile cause, please click on the "Donate" button below. Thank you and any support you can provide is very appreciated. --Molly

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

IAER and the Illinois Times

T minus 5 days before lift off to Bolivia!  Sadly, amidst all the hubbub and excitement of the end of the school year, I neglected to mention that the Illinois Chapter of AER granted a stipend of $500 to the trip!  They only asked that I write an article to be posted in the IAER newsletter when I return.  Not a bad deal if you ask me...thank you to the Board of IAER!  

Also, I met with a reporter today from the Illinois Times and he is doing a story on the trip.  This should go to print (available in paper format and online) July 7th.  He will email me to let me know for certain and then I will be sure to post a link to the article.  

Well, I have just about everything packed.  My largest suitcase is already halfway filled with medicine, toiletries, books, and donated items.  I hardly have room for my clothes!  Maybe I should just forego the clothes and go for the birthday suit...it'd be easier when they do the cavity search in customs...

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