Spotlight on education: Partners for Pediatric Vision (PPV) “Notes Bring Hope”

Mark Fitchett’s students are learning to play the ukulele.

Partners for Pediatric Vision (PPV) and Vistas for Children hosted “Notes Bring Hope,” a day of free ukulele lessons on July 16 at the Torrance Airport community room. Mark Fitchett, of Fitchett Guitar School, offered ukulele instruction to children who receive vision education and support services from Partners for Pediatric Vision. Junior Vistas were paired with kids with vision loss. The children took home their ukuleles to continue building their skills and playing for fun, thanks to Shari and Craig Sunada. A short walk away, the Western Museum of Flight welcomed the children and their families for an up-close experience with aircraft and space exploration. Volunteers led the children with visual impairment through experiences that included sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet and exploring engines, missiles and model aircraft. Children who receive services from Partners for Pediatric Vision learn experientially because of their vision loss. Hands-on opportunities, like ukulele lessons, and museum tours, offer opportunities for the visually impaired to meet one another. To learn more visit  

Photos courtesy of Tori Schladen


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