By Jenna Daugherty
Anne LaVar Hash worked as the ONW assistant softball coach for eight years and retired this past year. During her time at Northwest, she left behind a lasting impact and continues to share her amazing legacy.
This past Thursday, Hash helped organize the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired’s annual fall fun night, called Hoo’s Afraid of the Dark? The night is full of pumpkin pie, caramel apples, apple cider, hot chocolate, painting pumpkins, cotton candy, fall photo booths and even more games, crafts and food. It brings families, the school’s staff, volunteers and the kids closer together and raises awareness for the visually impaired and rare disease cause. Many of the children are in wheelchairs, are legally blind and have many social disorders so Hash believes events like these are very important to not only the school but the community as well.
“Ordinary people per se will never really understand what is it like to have special needs and live with special needs and learn with special needs and grow with special needs, so it’s nice to give these kids a nice, normal fall experience with some games and crafts. And it’s very beneficial for the parents and school staff, the therapists and teachers, because it gives the parents a chance to come in and talk with them and connect with them rather than just coming twice a year for conferences,” said Hash
Hash’s 3 year old son, Beau was diagnosed with Duane’s Syndrome and GNAO1 and cannot move his left eye out. He attends CCVI every Tuesday and Thursday for preschool classes and Hash is extremely grateful for the school and tries to give back in every way she can. She asked some of her former Raven softball players to come out and volunteer for the event.
“I know how much Beau means to Hash and everything she does for him and the whole disabled community, so anything to help her out and make her life a little bit easier. Me and some other girls were so happy to come out and be apart of this great event!” said Isabel Frazier.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Hoo’s Afraid of the Dark and continue Landon’s memory by spreading kindness and helping out in your community.