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April 23, 2015

Clarke Community Participates in Massachusetts Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day


April 23, 2015—On Tuesday, April 14, members of the Clarke community, including Clarke outreach coordinator Martha deHahn, Hearing Center director Kathryn Girardin, mainstream teacher of the deaf Ashley Kachelmeyer, and several Northampton alumni, came together to honor recipients of the 2015 Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Clarke Schools is particularly proud of Evan Brunell’s inclusion in this celebration. An alumnus and member of Clarke’s Board of Trustees, Brunell received the “Outstanding Advocate” award for all the volunteer work he has done on behalf of Clarke and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association.

Brunell is a strong advocate for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and has served as a counselor for Clarke’s Summer Adventure program and a co-facilitator for "Making Connections," a seminar for teenagers at Clarke’s Annual Mainstream Conference.

Adding to the festive atmosphere, Clarke Northampton alumni, now Hampshire Regional High School (HRSD) students, Brianna Brophy, Brandon Cornwell, Mareo Fabozzi, Mikaila Fini, Yolyanna Hernandez and Weyehn Reeves, recited a poem they had been studying in their 11th grade “Great American Writers” class - Emily Dickinson's "To Hear an Oriole Sing.”

Additional awardees included: Peggy Ellertsen of Hearing Loss Association of America, UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry, Deaf, Inc., State Representative John Scibak, State Representative Jay Kaufman, Senator Pat Jehlen, CART provider Nancy Eaton, and Nancy Vincent of The Learning Center.

Congratulations to all!