High school seniors spent 1,500 hours making braille yearbook for visually impaired classmate

Three years later, the editor-in-chief of the yearbook committee stood before the entire student body and pulled a book from the brown paper bag.


Leslie Thompson, a study hall teacher at Confier High School in Colorado couldn’t get the words her student RJ Sampson said to her out of her head. RJ is visually impaired and he never got to read the yearbook.  

So when he asked her “When are you going to make me a braille yearbook?” she knew she had to do her best in order for this wish of his to become a reality. 

RJ wanted his own yearbook from the time he was only a  freshman, and now as a senior, he was finally going to get it thanks to his teacher and his classmates who loves him very much. 

All the students loved the idea of helping make RJ’s dream come true. Everyone got engaged in the process of making the braille yearbook. RJ, of course, had no idea what the school’s staff and the students were up to. 

However, this wasn’t an easy task to do. Leslie, the vision team, and the yearbook committee spent more than 1,500 hours making it. But they didn’t mind that. The only thing they cared for was RJ’s smile when he gets to hold it in his hands. 

Take a look at the video below to see the heartwarming moment the surprise is revealed in front of the students gathered at the school hall. This is truly amazing and shows how loving the people from this education facility really are.