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Dear OSSB Marching Band Supporters:

What an experience! The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band performed their signature drill Script Braille "Ohio" while the Ohio State University Marching Band performed Script "Ohio" at the OSU-FAMU football game September 21, 2013 for a crowd of 105,000 fans! That portion of the half-time show was televised on the Big Ten Network! The visible message that there are no limitations on those with disabilities—who simply adapt, improvise and overcome—was viewed all over the nation.

This incredible band band participated in the January 1, 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. That was a very exciting week that included going to The Ohio State University/Oregon University Rose Bowl game, participating in the Rose Bowl Bandfest Program and performing at the Music Center at Disneyland.

On October 23rd, 2010 while performing at the Ohio State University Band skull session, the OSSB Marching Band was presented the prestigious National Citation award by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. This award was given in recognition for outstanding achievement and contributions to the cause of music in America and setting new standards of excellence for persons with disabilities. On July 5, 2011, the OSSB Marching Band had the honor of being the lead marching band for the International Lions Convention Parade of Nations in Seattle, Washington.

As we have done in the past the Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation (OSSBPTSF), has taken on the task of assisting the Marching Band to raise funds to support their very existence and to provide funds for activities and instruments, repairs, reeds, etc. for the students attending OSSB. OSSBPTSF is a non-profit corporation formed under Ohio Law, and is recognized as a tax exempt organization under 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donations will be strategically used to have the maximum impact on the programs that benefit the students at OSSB. Our present short-term goal is to provide $24,000 funding for the week-long band camp in August of 2014. The long-term goal is to create a $600,000 endowment to perpetuate band camp for years to come. Other costs include the need for more instruments, repair of many instruments, as well as replacement cases. Without funds the band cannot demonstrate the abilities of those with disabilities in venues outside of central Ohio.

To learn more about the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band, please take a moment to download the following documents.

OSSB Marching Band Resume 2013
OSSB Marching Band Biography and Photo
OSSB Marching Band Schedule 2013-2014
Script Ohio in Braille explained

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,
Louis A. Mazzoli, Director

To Our Supporters

Dear Friend and Supporter:

The Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation, (OSSBPTSF) is an organization that was established in 2009 to broaden and
enhance educational, training, skill development, and employment opportunities for school age children who are attending the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB). OSSBPTSF is a non-profit corporation formed under Ohio Law, and is recognized as a tax exempt organization under 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

During the past two years, OSSBPTSF has been providing financial support to the students attending OSSB with the following programs and projects:
OSSB Marching Band performance at the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California New uniforms and new instruments for the Marching Band New musical equipment and technology for the school music program Summer Music Camp and Summer Programs Mentor Club for future employment Senior class projects Student Scholarships

We are approaching you to see if you would be willing to give a donation to the OSSBPTSF to support the continuation of programs and activities for the
students attending OSSB. Our organization recognizes the economic resource constraints facing our state and nation. Funds received from your donations will be used strategically to maximize the impact on the programs that benefit the students at OSSB.


Thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,
Louis A. Mazzoli, Director

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During the school year the foundation has helped support other school activities such as Mentor Club for Employment, Leo Club, Key Club, Graduating Class Project, and the Parent Teacher Staff Organization with fund raising activities and support programs. The OSSBPTSF Board of Directors determines whether to award grants or develop programs as the board meetings that are held each month. Grants or proposals must be submitted two weeks prior to the meeting date of the board. The Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation depends on charitable giving to fulfill our mission to broaden and enhance educational and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. your gifts are very important to us!

Inspiration to Succeed

Since the inception, the Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation has worked closely with the Ohio State School for the blind to assist in meeting the needs of students that are served by the school and outreach program who are blind or visually impaired, increasing their opportunities for success and independence. For more information about what we do, please visit our What We Do page.

Grants and Programs

The Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation provides help and support to benefit persons who are blind and visually impaired school age children who are receiving services from the Ohio States School for the Blind. This support is given in the form of grants and/or programs that will further the education or development of students to enter the workforce upon graduation. If you would like to learn more about our grants and programs, please visit our Grants and Programs page.