Fifty students from the Olmsted Center for Sight will visit the Aquarium of Niagara May 3 for a special visit with rescued blind gray seal Della.
After reading an article about Della's arrival at the Aquarium of Niagara, Olmsted Center for Sight Marketing and Events Coordinator Brooke Kibrick said this was a great opportunity for blind, visually impaired or otherwise restricted students in the early education program.
"The parallel of how Della learns to navigate her surroundings is very similar to how our students learn to navigate their surroundings, as well," she said.
To help raise funds, Kibrick created a "Spring It On" campaign through the United Way to raise money for the special visit. Kibrick was able to raise almost $1,500 to cover transportation and admission.
The Aquarium of Niagara donated a one-on-one encounter for two blind students to meet Della up close. The visit will also include a special touch tank session specifically geared toward visually impaired and blind children.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing experience," Aquarium of Niagara Education Curator Sarah Courtney said. "We look for ways everyone can enjoy the aquarium. We hope this visit that is specifically tailored for the Olmsted school will give the children an appreciation for all aquatic animals and how every single person can make a difference to make sure these animals thrive in our common world."