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Learning Lessons On The Playground

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 07:48 PM CST

Sometimes life's most important lessons are learned outside the classroom. That's what some Austin 4th and 5th graders are finding out thanks to a shared fence. New buddies are bonding and making delightful discoveries about one another that go way beyond the playground.  

A building project brought together students from the Girls' School of Austin and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Girls' School students needed a place to play while their new school is under construction. The church serving as their temporary space is right next door to TSBVI.   

Jenny Sparks is the PE teacher at the Girls' School. "It came about because we shared a fence. One thing led to another. Open arms greeted us and we decided to do PE classes together." 

Little did Sparks know how beautifully the friendships would blossom and barriers would be broken down. 

Alura Long is a 4th grader at the Girls School who loves the partnership.  "At first, I was kind of nervous when I came over here, but now I know they're just kids." 

They are all just kids who relish recess and playing together. The teachers are also learning from their students, every day.  

Sparks says, "I'm in heaven here. I don't want to go back. I love the students and the teachers and it's just such a positive, wonderful atmosphere. We're getting so much out of it!"

Students from both schools are finding out true vision has nothing to do with eyesight it comes from the heart.

By Judy Maggio

Learning Lessons On The Playground

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