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Oklahoma School for the Blind receives $15,000 grant from the Kirschner Trusts

Friday, February 02, 2018

MUSKOGEE, Okla. Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is pleased to announce that the school has received a $15,000 grant from The Kirschner Trusts.

The grant will be used to expand the transportation program provided OSB to take residential students home for the weekends and return them to school.

“We are excited about the support of the Kirschner Trusts and are grateful for the generous award for the second year,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent, said.

“Our student population is increasing from across the state, so it’s critical that we expand transportation options to enable more Oklahoma children to come to our school,” Echelle explained.

OSB observes a four-day, extended-hours week to ensure that students complete required classroom hours. Students who live close by commute daily. Those who live farther away stay on campus Sunday night through Thursday. The school transports residential students to and from the OSB campus to their homes for three-day weekends, summers and holidays at no cost to parents or guardians.

Founded in Fort Gibson in 1897, the Oklahoma School for the Blind provides superior educational opportunities for students, ages 3 through 12th-grade. The curriculum includes reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, music and computer science for residential and day students. OSB recently began offering a new robotics program that is fully accessible to blind/visually impaired students and introduces the students to the exciting world of math and engineering.

Expert staff offer Braille and abacus training, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, independent living skills development and programs that promote successful transition to higher education and employment. Outreach staff travel to provide evaluations and consultations benefitting students who attend other public schools, their families and local educators. For more information about, phone 877-229-7136 or visit

The five Kirschner Trusts have supported charitable projects in the Muskogee area since 1979. In 2013, the assets of three of the Kirschner trusts were transferred to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to establish the E. Phil and Roberta Kirschner Foundation Affiliated Fund. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services in the areas of social services, youth and education, health and disabilities and Jewish culture and religion, with a preference for programs in Muskogee and the surrounding area. For more information visit

Oklahoma School for the Blind will use a recent grant from the Kirschner Trusts to expand transportation options for students from across the state. This group of OSB jazz band students traveled to Oklahoma City to attend a rare concert in October with tickets purchased by a donor.
For more information contact

Jody Harlan, Communications Director
office 405-951-3473 cell 405-203-1318

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