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Blind students run sub shop at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

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Louisville moved international Friday with the grand opening of the International Mall of South 8th Street.

The International Mall is a shopping venue with an East African emphasis but a worldwide presence of restaurants, a grocery, clothing, movies, and music from around the world.

Abdifatah Farah of the International Mall explains, "We have clothing stores, second aisle we have beauty products, colognes, where you can do office service, we have computer store, we have community room, a banquet hall, we have everything inside the name international mall."

The mall on South 8th Street at York is open seven days a week from 9 A.M. until nine o'clock at night.


Every year for the last nine summers Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom has had students from the Kentucky School for the Blind working in the park.

But this year a new twist; for the first time three students are running a sub shop.

Samantha Hubbard is part of the first summer of Kentucky School for the Blind students operating the Six Flags sub shop. For the students it's an opportunity to have their first jobs.

Chris Helm of the Kentucky School for the Blind teaches summers at the school.  "We've only been doing this a little less than two weeks, their speed and accuracy has really increased, the more business we get, the better they get."

Helm is helping oversee the 11 students employed this summer at the park.  Three of the teens are running the sub shop.  "They get experiences that they could never get in their home county because they live out in the far areas of the state.  It's just a pleasure for them to come and be Six Flags much less work here....Most of them have never had a job and it's interesting to see how much they grow up just in the five weeks that we're out here.  They really learn to appreciate what it means to have a job, what it means to draw a paycheck."

Mitch Saylor was busy building subs:  "Drinks are easy, sandwiches are easy, it's not really that complicated." 

Helm explains, "Miss Ritchie, the teacher that's been working mainly with the students, has set up the sandwich in such a way she's put braille labels on the containers themselves.  And if you can imagine the face of a clock, there's pepperoni at one o'clock, ham at three o'clock, and swiss cheese at four o'clock, so the students have learned that set up and they have no problem making the sandwiches."

The fountain drinks are identified with braille, but student Marissa Chambers needs no guidance to find enjoyment in her new job. "I like it, you know, I learned a lot of new things since I started doing it.  I've met alot of people, and I get to interact with the customers and keeps me busy."

Funding allows the school to operate the sub shop for four weeks this summer.  Six Flags wants the students to operate it until October, but without more state funding that can't happen.  It takes money to keep dorms open in the summer and pay for transportation and teachers.  The Kentucky School for the Blind is working on getting more funding.

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