AIDB visits the Alabama legislature
Students, faculty, staff and administrators from Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) left Talladega and headed toward Montgomery on Tuesday morning, May 5, to drive to Montgomery to visit the Alabama State House and Capitol building. The all-encompassing AIDB venture included the company of representatives from AIDB’s Alabama School for the Blind, Alabama School for the Deaf, Helen Keller School, E. H. Gentry, Alabama Industries for the Blind and the AIDB Talladega Regional Center.
Upon arrival at the Alabama State House, the AIDB community enjoyed a sack-lunch together in a committee room before making their way into the Senate Gallery where they were able to observe the opening rituals that begin every session of the State Senate.
After opening with prayer led by Pastor Bobby Walton of New Hope Baptist Church in Killen, Alabama, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey directed the attention of those present to the AIDB assembly observing from the Senate Gallery. She then explained to all present that the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance would be led that day by students of AIDB – Alabama School for the Blind student Jordan Evans of Birmingham recited and Alabama School for the Deaf student Marc Wallace of Mobile signed.
In the House, the Pledge of Allegiance was signed by Alabama School for the Deaf student Christina Cooper of Talladega. ASD teacher Eugenia Vanderpool interpreted for both of our talented students during each Pledge of Allegiance.
This was a valuable learning experience for the students and employees of AIDB. Several students were able to rub shoulders with some of the members of the Alabama House and Senate between sessions and in the hallways. The excitement was palpable on the faces of the students as they engaged in the energy of the Alabama State House and experienced the political processes in action firsthand. They were given the opportunity to experience a Senate session wherein representatives from several districts presented legislation and bills, discussed frustration with difficulties originating behind the scenes in the committees and brought forth debate and votes on bills on the Statehouse floor.
After getting to see the Senate in action, the AIDB conglomeration of travelers set off on a self-guided tour of the Capitol Building, after which, buses were loaded up for the return trip to Talladega.
It was truly an educational and beautiful spring day for the AIDB family in our state capitol.