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Middle School Students Study Miracle Work


Grade 7 students in Randi Rosen’s English class at the Middle School have been learning about miracles. After studying “The Miracle Worker,” a play by William Gibson, the class convened with their whole grade to meet some inspirational people working miracles of their own: Kathleen Coughlin, the NPCSD Interim Director of  Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education, school nurse Matthew Smith, and New Paltz resident Dr. Kevin Shanley, parent of a seventh grader. The three hosted a panel to discuss various challenges, breakthroughs, and lifestyles of those with disabilities. Shanley’s seeing eye dog Beau laid on the floor at his feet while the group fielded students’ curious questions about learning sign language, communicating with a deaf relative, how Beau was trained, what being blind is like, and more. Students were caring, compassionate, and inquisitive. After the assembly students gathered around Beau to give him love and some pets. Beau did not mind!