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Johns Creek students build Braille nature trail
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May 08, 2013 09:37 AM | 1230 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group of Johns Creek High School students, led by 15-year-old Evan Barnard, gathered at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center on April 27 to help design a Braille nature trail for the visually impaired as part of Global Youth Service Day.

Barnard was recently awarded a $1,000 Disney Friends For Change grant, in partnership with Youth Service America, for the project.

The Braille nature trail will have guide ropes and posts so visitors can run their hands along them to follow the trail, as well as informative signs about the trail in both Braille and English print.

“We are building this trail to increase access for the visually impaired to enjoy the outdoors,” Barnard said.

He got the idea to create the trail after volunteering for the Nature Conservancy in Rome, Ga., at the Marshall Forest’s Big Pine Nature Trail, the state’s only Braille nature trail. Barnard has been working with members of the Georgia Council of the Blind for several years.
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