Monday, August 15, 2011
PEOPLE ENABLE PEOPLE
People everyday enable people everywhere succeed is one of the vital lessons I learned on the way up Uhuru peak-Kilimanjaro over the expedition experience that lasted 6 days. Success never happens without the support of someone somewhere somehow. We all need people, even the Lone ranger didn't travel alone he was supported by Tonto.
The story of Helen Keller's incomplete without the teacher that taught, trained, developed Helen named Annie Sullivan was the daughter of Irish immigrant farmers Thomas Sullivan and Alice Cloesy; she had one brother, Jimmie , who was crippled from tuberculosis. Growing up, Annie was subject to poverty and physical abuse by her alcoholic father and at the age of five, trachoma struck Annie, leaving her almost blind.
Two years later, her mother died shortly thereafter. Despite being left in an orphanage with no formal educational facilities, Annie Sullivan prospered. When the state board of charities chairman, Frank Sanborn visited the Tewksbury orphanage; Annie literally threw herself in front of him crying, "Mr. Sanborn, I want to go to school. "
After regaining her eyesight from a series of operations and graduating as class valedictorian in 1886 the perkins Institute for the blind, she began teaching Helen Keller. When Miss Sullivan first arrived, Helen was seven years old and highly undisciplined. Miss Sullivan had to begin her teaching with lessons in obedience, followed by teachings of the manual and braille alphasats. Sullivan attended clases with Keller and tutored her through the Perkins Institute. The Cambridge School For Young ladies and Radcliffe College.All who came in contact with them were amazed at the ability of Miss Sullivan to reach Miss Keller and Miss Keller heightened alibity to grasp to grasp concepts unheard of by deaf and blind students before Hall, Andrew Carnegie, Henry H. Rogers and John Spaulding were only a few of those who met them and supported them.