Washington State School for the Blind celebrates 125 years

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Central Park — The Washington State School for the Blind celebrated 125 years at an anniversary banquet July 16. More than 150 alumni and community members enjoyed a meal provided by the school’s food service manager, Bob Lonnee. Entertainment was provided by former students Mac Potts, Nick Baker and Brent Gjevre in “Three Grands” style: three grand pianos played simultaneously as one, with special guest vocalist, Darcy Schmitt. Speakers included Superintendent Dean Stenehjem, WSSB Foundation Chairman Bill Craig, former Students Association President Jim Eccles, and Dan Tolva, a former student and author of WSSB’s 125th anniversary commemorative book, “Unlimited Visibility: A 125-year History of the Washington State School for the Blind.”