A Special Celebration

A Special Celebration for the First Day of Spring

Friday, March 20 marked a special day for Braille Institute Santa Barbara. Not only was it the first day of spring, but there was a special celebration on the Santa Barbara campus.

Representatives from Santa Barbara Beautiful joined with Braille Institute staff, volunteers and students to dedicate the Torrey Pine tree that now welcomes campus guests alongside new drought-resistant landscaping. The completed project is the fruit of a collaboration with Santa Barbara Beautiful, who provided a grant for the new Torrey Pine tree.

“We are truly grateful to Santa Barbara Beautiful for providing us with a grant to purchase a healthy and large Torrey Pine tree so that our students can learn in a welcoming environment that reflects the beauty of our community,” says Michael Lazarovits, Executive Director Braille Institute Santa Barbara.

The stately Torrey Pine (Pinus Torreyana) was selected with guidance by the Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review as well as the City Street Tree Division.

“We are proud to play an instrumental role in support of enhancing the natural beauty of Braille Institute’s Santa Barbara campus by providing a Community Project grant for its sustainable landscaping and a large native Torrey Pine tree,” said Jeanette Casillas, Santa Barbara Beautiful Board President. SBB recognized the Braille Institute with the Commercial Building award in 2007.

Learn more about how you can support the Braille Institute Santa Barbara campus.

By | 2018-02-14T21:09:03+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Santa Barbara Stories|

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Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. It serves thousands of adults and youth each year through a broad range of educational, social and recreational programs designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. Services are provided through six Southern California centers and hundreds of other community locations. Additionally, Braille Institute’s national programs encourage school age students to pursue braille literacy and orientation and mobility skills. Funded by private donations, all services are free of charge.