A performer dressed in a silver body suit and another student dressed in suspenders and spinning hat act on stage.
  • A blind elementary boy jumping in between hula hoops that are spaced out on the ground.
Kids Town Overrun with Pirates

On the afternoon of Wednesday May 17, 2017 a special event at FSDB called “Kids Town Live” took place for the third year. The event opened with a hula hoop jump course, rope limbo game, and lots of water play including a giant slick slide outside Gore Hall. But the main event was a costumed play complete with props that were student-led and student-created.

Using the theme of “Pirates of FSDB,” high school students led Blind Elementary and Deaf Elementary students in searching for “hidden treasure.” As described by event organizer Matt Davis, “Four ancient ships came to visit Kid’s Town to help students find a secret map leading to golden chocolate treasure. Invisible pirates, ghost pirates, space pirates, and kangaroo pirates filled the day with relay races, water play, bubbles, tattoos, chocolate gold coins, and of course dancing!” Davis provided a pizza lunch for students under a colorful gold and white outside tent after the festivities.

Davis, who teaches English, Intensive Reading, and Intensive Writing courses in the Deaf High School, started the project three years ago to inspire imagination in students at the end of the year when everyone is burned out and eager for summer break. But academics does not take a back seat; each year’s activities are aligned with Florida State Standards across the K-12 grade levels. The Kids Town event was orchestrated by committees that focused on Set Construction Materials, Costumes, Prop Construction Materials, Advertising, Script/Instructional English and Language Arts. Students study previous productions first, and then develop a new performance together. The production ensures students opportunities to experience dance and drama, and provides for collaboration across school levels.

The plan is to expand next year so all students can attend, and add another performance at the end of the first semester. Participants are grateful for the private FSDB endowment funding that enables the event to take place. DES and BES teachers were very appreciative of the event, a fun afternoon for all and nice sendoff for students before the summer break. Everyone was impressed that Davis took on the seemingly massive task of coordination and thanked him enthusiastically. Future performances will be a bright spot in the semester for all students at FSDB!

By Christi Boortz, Instructional Services

About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit