St. Joseph's School for the Blind Opens Doors to Bright, Green and High Tech Future

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New Jersey's Only School for the Visually Impaired to Dedicate New $21 million LEED Certified Green Building and Comprehensive Technology Center on March 19th

Officials for Saint Joseph's School for the Blind, the only school in the state of New Jersey for students with blindness, visual impairment and multiple disabilities, will dedicate sa new $21 million facility on Monday March 19th beginning at 3 p.m. Joining Gerald Kitzhoffer; chief school administrator and members of the SJSB faculty and staff, including noted sports journalist Ed Lucas, will be the Hon. Jerramiah Healy, mayor of Jersey City; New Jersey state assemblyman Lou Manzo; office of Governor John Corzine; and Sharon Held, a senior vice president with Corcoran Group Real Estate and member of the board of directors of SJSB

Grand Opening of new $21 million facility for St. Joseph's School for the Blind, the only school in the entire state of New Jersey for the visually impaired. Founded in 1891, SJSB works to develop students' full potential through highly specialized education, therapeutic intervention, family involvement, and independent living. To that end, SJSB will also dedicate the James D. Held and Sharon A. Held Enrichment and Technology Center where cutting edge adaptive technology including computers, closed circuit television (CCTV), special software and equipment including optical and non-optical low vision devices for reading and writing will be maintained.

In addition to the technology center, the new school, which is situated on 3 acre campus in Jersey City, features 20 fully wired classrooms including music, art and pre-vocational classrooms; an indoor therapeutic swimming pool; student and professional libraries; gymnasium/auditorium; therapy rooms; and adaptive playground. The new school also allows for an expanded core curriculum and services including orientation and mobility, technology, life skills, Braille and job training, speech, physical and occupational therapies. Adjacent to the main academic building is a residential facility for 17 students complete with living and dining rooms, a full kitchen and laundry room as well as a model apartment designed for life skills training.

When:
Monday, March 19, 2007 - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:
St. Joseph's School for the Blind - 761 Summit Avenue - Jersey City, NJ

About Saint Joseph's School for the Blind
Dedicated to the development of the potential of students and young adults who are blind, visually impaired, and blind visually impaired multi-disabled, Saint Joseph's School for the Blind offers highly specialized learning in a least restrictive environment, utilizing education, therapeutic intervention, family involvement, and independent living.

About Sharon Held
Sharon Held, a senior vice president with the residential brokerage The Corcoran Group in New York, established the James D. Held and Sharon A. Held Enrichment and Technology Center at St. Joseph's School for the Blind where she serves on the board of directors. Sharon, a member of the Real Estate Board of New York's Salesperson Council, is also a founding member of the Conservator's Council for Central Park and a trustee of the Reading Reform Foundation of New York.

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