A Chance to Keep Up in School Logan Boone of Batavia, Ohio, tragically lost his sight from a degenerative eye disease when he was 6. At age 10, the plucky child started using a BrailleNote—a portable, 32-key device that can store textbooks and homework in Braille. But his school had borrowed the machine from a neighboring school district, which needed it back. So Cindy Jacobs, director of Student Services at Batavia Local Schools (BLS), where Logan is a student, contacted the Downtown Cincinnati Lions Club. Lions clubs district-wide teamed up to raise more than $5,000. Six weeks later, Logan had a BrailleNote of his own. “No one refused the call to help,” says John Tolos, the 13 H past district governor who coordinated the effort. “I was so proud of this district.” Logan received the BrailleNote in 2013 at a special event attended by 40 Lions from 15 clubs. As a cameraman from a local TV station recorded him, Logan created a note on the device: “Dear Lions clubs, thank you for giving me the BrailleNote. It sure will help me with my schoolwork.” Now in sixth grade, Logan is thriving with the device. BrailleNote converts his Braille into English. “He can print out his homework and give it to his teacher, just like his peers,” says Debbie Snoke, a vision assistant with Clermont County Educational Service Center. The BrailleNote helps Logan keep up with his fellow students. “I’m amazed at his always positive attitude,” says Diana Newcomb, a vision aide. “We have a blast each day learning together.” Lions, has your club heard from a recipient of your service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you’ve received from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email a brief description to email@example.com. Please include “Thank You” in the subject line.
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