Envision Receives $15,000 From Spirit Aerosystems To Sponsor Pre-K Classroom With Students Who Are Typically Developing, Blind And Visually Impaired

December 19, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that it has received a $15,000 gift through Spirit AeroSystems’ Good Neighbor Fund to sponsor a pre-K classroom at the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center (ECDC). The donation will support tuition assistance for low-income families as well as meals, rehabilitation fees and field trips for the integrated classroom, which includes children who are typically sighted, blind and visually impaired.

“We’re grateful to Spirit AeroSystems for supporting our efforts to give children with vision loss the strongest possible foundation on which to build full, successful and independent lives,” said Heather Hogan, Envision’s Senior Vice President for Foundation and Mission Services. “Spirit’s generous support will help us prepare our preschool students and their families for a successful transition into mainstream school environments, teaching them important skills for living in a sighted world.”

“Our goal is to support our local communities. There’s no better way to do that than to make a positive impact on the lives of our youngest neighbors and have it benefit them throughout their lives,” said Jennifer Marshall, Community Relations Manager for Spirit. “We are proud to support the Envision Child Development Center through our employee-driven fund.”

Located on the main floor of Envision’s Wichita headquarters, the ECDC is the region’s only vision-integrated child-care program, providing comprehensive early intervention services and appropriate age-related peer-to-peer mentoring for children from birth through age five. The integrated environment serves to promote acceptance and understanding among students about differences in physical or mental conditions and capabilities.

In a state-of-the-art childcare facility, children receive meals, mobility and orientation training, Braille instruction and support in advancing their communication and social skills. They also participate in outings to the pumpkin patch, Wichita Children’s Theatre and more. Children are accepted into the program regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

About Spirit AeroSystems: Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kan., Spirit operates sites in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Malaysia. The company’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world’s premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe. More information is available at www.spiritaero.com.

About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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