Blind Newscaster

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 4:05pm

Elementary school anchor won't let lack of sight stand in her way.

A New Jersey elementary school is teaching students that dreams can come true if they work hard enough, and even though one of those students sees things in a different way, the sky truly is the limit.

In the WASN newsroom at the Washington Avenue School in Pleasantville, students and teachers are busy prepping for their live morning newscast.

Once the scripts are printed and everyone's taken their place it's show time.

Students even secure special guests, including the the police chief and mayor, but not before some very important announcements.

Fourth grader Nicole Vega, blind since birth, reads from her scripts printed each morning in Braille.

Nicole's instructional assistant Eileen Koehler says while she may see things differently than the other students, she knew she would be a natural in front of the camera.

"When I saw kids at the TV station I said 'You know, Nicole, that's something you can do if you want to try, you see the news with your mom on TV at night, you could be a newscaster because she's blind does not mean she can't do something."

The school is using the program to prove just that and show all the students the possibilities if they stay in school and put their minds to it.

Someday the 10-year-old may very well become the first blind newscaster.

"I think she has a brilliant career as a newscaster. She's a very talented little girl," said Koehler.

The Washington Avenue School was initially able to purchase the television studio thanks to $25,000 awarded for being selected a Governors School of Excellence in 2005.

They hope to expand the program in the future.

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