KMS students collect cans to help colorblind students

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Local middle school students John Buck, Nolan Ferguson and Brent Grody recently used the time on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, not to play video games or text friends, but to pick up refundable bottles and cans to help fund their “Community Colorblind Education/Awareness” project.

 

KALKASKA – A trio of Kalkaska Middle School students are working to help other students do something they can already do naturally – see in color.

Local middle school students John Buck, Nolan Ferguson and Brent Grody recently used the time on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, not to play video games or text friends, but to pick up refundable bottles and cans to help fund their “Community Colorblind Education/Awareness” project.

None of the three students are colorblind, which is a deficiency in vision or difficulty in distinguishing color. But, the trio wanted to gift each art class within Kalkaska Public Schools with at least one pair of EnChroma glasses that assist colorblind students to experience true colors.

More than 15 years ago, EnChroma invented glasses that help individuals who are colorblind better distinguish colors. And it all started when inventor and Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast Don McPherson – who has a doctorate degree in glass science – wore a pair of specialty eyewear he made to protect surgeons performing laser surgery.

A teammate, having forgotten his sunglasses and noting Don's stylish frames, tried on the glasses. That led to a discovery that the glasses also assisted users to overcome the challenges of colorblindness.

Closer to home, the project to provide colorblind students with the glasses was inspired by Brent Grody's younger brother, Mark, who is red/green colorblind.

Brent shared a video game with a colorblind filter with Mark, and was impressed by his brother’s reaction on seeing some colors for the first time.

And, the trio is now also hoping their work to raise awareness about color blindness will also benefit the community they call home.

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