This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — More than 50 students from Kansas and Missouri competed Thursday in the Kansas Sunflower Regional Braille Challenge at the Kansas State School for the Blind, 1100 State Avenue.

The event is the only reading and writing competition for the visually impaired, so participants are enthusiastic about the event and prepare for it.

“It’s a day to celebrate. There aren’t many days when kids can celebrate reading Braille. It’s our chance to put the spotlight on kids and families and to encourage them to learn throughout the year. So we’re thrilled to host kids and families for this event,” said Jon Harding, Director of Instruction at the Kansas State School for the Blind.

Harding said in addition to the competition, they are also offering a Braille class for parents.

“It’s critical for kids and we can’t emphasize that enough. We need to keep it in the forefront. To say that it’s critical for literacy, for Braille literacy… and kids have a chance to be educated no matter if they’re here at the School for the Blind or in their home community, Braille is essential,” Harding said.

The winners get a chance to go on to compete at a national event in Los Angeles.